If you are in a car accident, you may expect to break bones, suffer whiplash or sustain internal injuries. You may not realize, though, that your ability to breathe also may be at risk. This is especially true if you are an asthma sufferer.
Asthma is a chronic medical condition that has two parts. First, the already narrow airways in your lungs constrict. Then, your lungs produce excess mucus that can completely block your restricted airways. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the stress of a car accident can bring about a potentially deadly asthma attack.
Always have your rescue inhaler with you
If you have asthma, your doctor has probably recommended a daily preventative regimen. This regimen may do little to protect you during an asthma attack, though. Consequently, provided you have your physician’s permission, it is critical to carry your rescue inhaler with you every time you drive or ride in a car, truck or SUV.
Your asthma inhaler may not be enough
If you have a stress-induced asthma attack, your symptoms may continue to worsen for up to two days. While reaching for your rescue inhaler may give you temporary relief, it is no substitute for emergency medical care. Remember, doctors at the emergency room have access to a variety of resources to provide you with critical care.
Because asthma attacks can turn deadly quickly, you do not want to ignore the warning signs of one. Ultimately, even though going to the emergency room for critical care can be expensive, you may have immediate grounds to pursue financial compensation from the person who caused the accident that contributed to your asthma attack.