The topic of asthma and attacks came up in chat today. I realize that not everyone knows how to deal with a situation like this if it occurs. Asthma is very serious and every situation is unique. The triggers are different for every asthmatic. So here are a few tips that a friend once wrote out. "1. Don't panic Your panic makes them panic. 2. Talk calmly and ask them what they need. Is it an inhalor? An epipen? A phonecall to 911? If they can't answer call 911. 3. Help them stay calm The calmer the asthmatic and you stay until help arrives means that they won't tense up making it harder for the small amounts of air to be brought in. 4. Understand when they say that they feel exhausted When you've had a cold, or pneumonia you know how hard you've worked to breathe and how badly your back hurt when it was over. Now multiply it at the very least of ten times. An asthmatic having an acute attack uses every muscle possible to drag air in and out of a narrowing passageway. I've ended up sore from head to foot and unable to move for two days after an attack. 5. Don't let them pass out This isn't like holding your breath. It's Game Over if they're out cold and help doesn't arrive in time. And you can't depend on help to arrive on time, sadly enough. 6. Hot tea and Hot coffee are great stimulants for the muscles and the airways in the lungs. Taken at the right time they will help breathing. Good thing to remember!" If you know someone with asthma, it may be good for you to sit down with them and learn how you could best help them if they ever have an attack. I've had asthma since I was a baby and I know from personal experience that the most reassuring thing to have besides your inhaler is a person who knows how to help when it really matters.