EMERGENCY KIT FOR ASTHMA

Hello all, I was diagnosed last year at age 63, with adult onset asthma. It has been quite a journey and some very scary times. My asthma or wheezing generally starts at night. It wakes me and is difficult to get my air. I am on two inhalers for long term management and one emergency inhaler. I also use a nebulizer when necessary.

I was wondering if there are any who have an emergency kit individualized for your personal needs, ie, emergency inhalers, nebulizer, etc. I keep Benadryl, I also have a histamine release before the attack actually starts.

Thank you in advance!

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  • Strong coffee is good .

  • Do you drink coffee to decrease the wheezing?

  • I do and , of course, in the morning. It seems to ope me up. I have had asthma all my life, 66 years. I have tried everything. Now on pro air, advair, and singulair.

  • I am on Incruse, Breo and ventolin. I also take nebulizer albuterol as needed. It's just hard to control!

  • I think the biggest thing you need is to carry around your quick-relief ("rescue") inhaler everywhere you go, should symptoms emerge. And then also have a cellphone for 911. You can look into buying a portable nebulizer as well, they are designed for travel.

  • Hi Gary do you need a prescription for a portable nebulizer?

  • Yes. The administrator is correct 100%.

  • Thanks, Gary! I had an acute exacerbation this weekend and ended up in an emergent care clinic. I was given an injection of 80mg Medrol and sent home on 40 mg Prednisone for 5 days then 20mg for 5 days.

    I'm so new to this I just don't know what to expect and when to do what. I'm not sure of my triggers but know stress is a big one.

    Does anyone keep a steroid pack available for an emergency or use an epipen? I'm just trying to get this all figured out!

    Thank you!

  • Take care of yourself, and work with a primary care doc or allergist to find out your triggers. Stress is one of the more underreported asthma triggers, in my opinion.

    As for epi, it's not considered a treatment for asthma anymore. A quick-relief inhaler or nebulizer is usually recommended as treatment, but talk with your doctor first.

  • Hi Gary, I am new to this forum and asthma. Diagnosed with Primary Immune deficiency 18 months ago while in hospital for pneumonia. Fast forward. On ivig replacement therapy. Repeated infections have led to asthma, COPD and mild bronchiectasis. Trying to learn more about asthma to help myself. Learn triggers, etc. Now on nebulizer twice a day. Budesonide and perforomist. Atrovent neb. as needed. Rescue inhaler when out. Singular and prophylactic azithromycin 3 x week. This new plan after recent bout of pneumonia. Search for some education and better understanding. Found this site and your response about stress as trigger. So true.

    Looking for more about asthma. I don't get wheezing. My chest tightens difficult to talk. Use breathing techniques and relaxation. Am told to learn my triggers and new normal. How??

  • Hi kdr112 does the prednisone make your chest feel like heart palpitations ? Just feels weird to me it's scary. It makes me anxieties .

  • Yes it does palpate! Seems it is worse at night or at least that's when I notice it most. It usually lasts about 15-20 minutes then subsides.

  • Gary, I do believe the last exacerbation I had was due to stress! Thank you so much for your advice and your support. With each attack I feel better prepared for the next one.

    I have my quick inhaler with me at all time!

    Kathy

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