If you suffer from asthma, you know how incredibly frustrating the condition can be. After all, even if you have a good idea about what causes you to have flare-ups, you can never avoid your triggers entirely. You also may not know that a seemingly minor car accident can cause an asthma attack.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, stress is a common asthma trigger. While your asthma may worsen during stressful periods of your life, a single stressful event can be problematic. Because car accidents are stressful, you may have to deal with a flare-up in the aftermath of one.
Your rescue inhaler may not rescue you
If your doctor has prescribed a rescue inhaler, it is critical to carry it with you at all times, including when you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Still, if your asthma attack is severe, your rescue inhaler may not be sufficient to stop the attack.
Emergency responders can help
After any car accident, it is advisable to call 911 to report it. When emergency responders arrive, you should notify them about your asthma diagnosis and breathing difficulties. Indeed, paramedics are likely to have access to albuterol and other life-saving medications.
You must go to the hospital
It is not uncommon for a stress-induced asthma attack to continue to worsen for up to 48 hours after its onset. Consequently, even if you believe you are feeling better, you must go to the hospital. Doctors there have a variety of options for stopping asthma attacks and preventing their potentially life-threatening complications.
Ultimately, though, if your asthma attack ends up having catastrophic consequences, you may need to seek financial compensation to help you pay for the treatments you need to recover fully.