How to deal with the onset of an asthma attack
Wheezing is a high pitched whistling sound that can arise either by breathing at a high velocity or from breathing through narrowed airways. Asthma Care has helped thousands of people to significantly reduce asthma (wheezing, coughing, breathlessness) by creating greater awareness between overbreathing and airway obstruction.
You may feel that breathing comes natural. However, modern lifestyles culminating in stress, processed foods, higher temperatures of houses, excessive talking etc. all influence the way we breathe. Overtime, the body can develop the habit of breathing too much and depending on genetic predisposition, this will cause wheezing and coughing.
Overbreathing describes breathing a volume of two to three times more than required. Oftentimes, this habit is hidden and can be identified from audible breathing during rest, greater bodily movements during breathing, breathing through the mouth, regular sighing or sniffing.
The first step to controlling wheezing is to learn to breathe through the nose on a permanent basis (see nose unblocking exercise below.The second step is to correct your breathing volume and thirdly is to apply small lifestyle guidelines. Overall when properly instructed and applied, one can control the onset of wheezing in a matter of days.
Options available to learn the Asthma Care approach are to attend clinics or read our books.
Nasal breathing results in a less cooling of the airways and filters incoming air of various triggers. If the nose is blocked, you can perform the following exercise to unblock it.
Unblock the nose in five minutes:
Calm your breathing. Take a small breath through your nose, if possible, and a small breath out. (one should not hear the breath) If you are unable to take a breath in through your nose, take a tiny breath in through the corner of your mouth.
- Hold your nose with your fingers and hold your breath. Keep your mouth closed.
- Gently nod your head up and down until you feel a relatively strong need for air.
- When you need to breathe in, let go of your nose and breathe gently through it, in and out, with your mouth closed. Calm your breathing as soon as possible.
Wait about two minutes and perform this exercise again. (please note: your nose will be blocked again unless your underlying breathing volume is corrected)
When you first make the switch from mouth to nasal breathing, it may feel a little strange. You may feel slightly “suffocated”. However, this feeling will go away in a couple of days once you keep the mouth closed permanently. Specific breathing exercises can be applied to make the switch easier and quicker.