I was diagnosed with mild asthma as a child, but I never had an asthma attack or used an inhaler, thank God! However, I sometimes get wheezy and it bothers me when I’m trying to sleep. Somehow, I have to clear my throat.
So, I was wondering if is possible to stop my wheezing without an inhaler? To beat up my curiosity, I went to my currant doctor and asked him for some solutions in getting rid of wheezing.
I was disappointed to know that there is no particular solution in getting rid of wheezing, especially when is accompanied by asthma without proper medication. However, there are some quick solution to control it if you don’t have an inhaler.
But first, what’s wheezing?
Wheezing refers to a high-pitched whistling sound that happens when you breathe in or out. It’s caused by tightening of your airways.
1. Correct Your Posture: Sit Upright
If a wheezing attack starts, you should stop immediately any activity you’re doing and get in the upright posture. Stay in this position for 15 minutes without bending or lying down because it may worsen your situation.
2. Control Your Breathing
The best way to stop wheezing or an asthma attack is taking long and deep breaths. You can exercise yoga by applying some breathing techniques which follow regular inhaling and exhaling.
3. Relax And Try To Stay Calm
Getting controlled by a panic attack will make breathing more difficult. To improve your breathing you have to try some exercises or steam inhalations for quick relief. Keep calm to prevent tight chest muscles.
4. Avoid Factors That Trigger Wheezing
By keeping away from factors that trigger asthma or wheezing such as dust, smell of chemicals and cigarette smoke yo will avoid an attack. So, keep your living area clean.
5. Warm Compress
Giving a warm compress on your chest and the back release the muscle in your upper body. This improves breathing and wheezing stops.
You can use warm compress bottles or apply heat through electric warm compress.
6. Drink Warm Liquids
If your wheezing symptoms are caused by mucous in your wind pipe, some warm liquids might help. Drinking herbal tea or even some warm water can help break up any stubborn mucus. Staying hydrated is important with any type of congestion.
How To Do Steam Inhalations For Wheezing And Asthma
Inhaling moist air or steam works similarly to drinking warm liquids. It can help loosen up congestion and mucus in your airways, making it easier to breath. Take a hot, steamy shower with the door closed. Or boil some water and add 3-4 drops of menthol (essential oil or Vicks Vaporub) to make the steam more powerful. Don’t forget to place a towel over your head. Inhalation the steam of chamomile tea is another way to relieve wheezing and asthma attack.