Asthma is a common long-term condition that can cause coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.
The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems.
Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. This is known as an ‘asthma attack’, although doctors sometimes use the term ‘exacerbation’.
The symptoms of asthma can range from mild to severe. Most people will only experience occasional symptoms, although a few people will have problems most of the time.
The main symptoms of asthma are:
These symptoms are often worse at night and early in the morning, particularly if the condition is not well controlled. They may also develop or become worse in response to a certain trigger, such as exercise or exposure to an allergen.
When asthma symptoms get significantly worse, it is known as an asthma attack or ‘acute asthma exacerbation’.
Asthma attacks often develop slowly, sometimes taking a couple of days or more to become serious, although some people with asthma are prone to sudden, unexpected severe attacks. It is important to recognise attacks early and take appropriate action.
During an asthma attack, the symptoms described above may get worse and – if you’re already on treatment – your inhaler medication may not work as well as it normally does.
You might be monitoring your asthma using a device called a peak flow meter, and there may be a drop in your peak expiratory flow. Read about diagnosing asthma for more information.
Signs of a particularly severe asthma attack can include:
Inhale (see below) 2-5 drops of the Asthma Blend. Also, apply 5-10 drops of the Asthma Blend topically over the chest area, as needed.
Steam (see below) with a bucket of warm water and a towel over your head, 3-5 drops of the Covid Steam, to open the lungs. You can also apply 20-25 drops of the Chest Blend 50ml 100ml, morning and evening over the lungs, to assist with restoration.