Having an asthma attack is frightening.
But having an asthma attack without an inhaler can be deadly.
Asthma attacks can be brought on by any number of triggers including air pollution, animal dander, smoke, dust mites, or pollen.
And seemingly simple things like exercise, changes in temperature, and even hormonal shifts can worsen asthma symptoms.
That’s why it’s so important to know how to control asthma when you’re on the go.
Toting Your Inhaler
People who live with asthma have come up with some pretty clever ways to stow and carry their inhalers.
One way to protect your inhaler while you carry it with you is to keep it in a baby sock, digital camera case, or even a change purse.
If you’re a crafty type – or have a friend who is – you can easily make a zippered bag that’s big enough to house your inhaler right along with your phone and keys.
All the essentials.
At the Gym
Since exercise has the potential to induce an asthma attack, you won’t want to keep your inhaler tucked away in the changing room lockers.
Instead, you can strap it to your water bottle with two rubber bands. Or use a hair tie to attach it to your wrist.
For the more enterprising, you could make a simple armband with a Velcro strap and small pocket.
And if you’re really lucky, you may be able to find workout clothing that includes a small pocket for your phone or keys. This can easily be used for an inhaler as well.
Consider Multiple Locations
Of course, all of the above suggestions are speaking of a single inhaler.
But it’s always a good idea to have several inhalers stashed away in various locations.
Along with carrying one in your purse or bag, you should keep one in your glove compartment, your desk at work, and on your night table.
And if you live in a cold climate, it’s a great idea to keep one stored at all times in your winter coat pocket.
To be extra safe, you may want a non-asthmatic family member to keep one on hand too. Then you know you’ll never be without in case something happens to the one you have.
There’s always the question about what the TSA allows in terms of medication.
Fortunately, certain amounts of medically necessary liquids, gels, and aerosols are sanctioned by the TSA. But you must declare them to TSA officers at the checkpoint for inspection.
Though it’s not a requirement, you’ll find the whole process goes more smoothly if you clearly label your inhaler.
Count Your Doses
Certain inhalers will continue to spray even after the medication has run out. When this happens, you won’t get the proper dosage of the medication you need.
While some brands like Dulera have a dose counter, others still don’t. So you may need to keep track.
Most corticosteroid inhalers deliver 120 doses. So if you’re only using your inhaler on an as-needed basis, you’ll want to write down each time you take a dose. That way, you won’t come up empty.
Knowing How to Control Asthma on the Go Is Crucial
Now that you have some tips for how to control asthma when you’re out and about, you can move through your day with more confidence.
And you can’t put a price on that.
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