If you are living with Asthma, you need a Medical ID!
In the United States alone, over 25 million people are diagnosed with asthma; roughly 7 million are kids.
An asthma attack (or flare up) causes airways to swell leading to oxygen constriction, coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
There is no cure for asthma. Even when you feel healthy, you could have an attack at any time.
While more common in girls and women than men and boys, asthma can affect any age, gender, or race.
I have my inhaler, why do I need a medical alert bracelet?
Albuterol “rescue” inhalers and other medications (like steroid tablets) are life savers and should always be kept on your person or close by. But what if you have an attack when those life savers aren’t near? By wearing a medical bracelet, you can show your information to others so they can get your bag or call 911 – even if you are having an attack and can’t talk or are unconscious! Also, the faster EMT’s know you can’t breathe, the faster they can restore essential oxygen to your brain.
What should I engrave on my asthma Medical ID Bracelet?
The top 4 things your medical bracelet needs to say are: condition, meds / allergies, name, and emergency contacts.
Here’s some examples:
Asthma, call 911 <–condition
On Warfarin /No PCN <– meds / allergies
John Smith <– First & Last Name
999-999-0000 <– Contact number
Asthma Give Inhaler
DR: 999-000-9090 <– Add an ICE (in case of emergency) Contact number & your DR if you have space
For a child, add multiple contact information!
Asthma, Inhaler <– condition / meds
No bee/ tree nut <– allergies
Sally Mae <– First & Last Name
Mom 999-222-0000 <–Contact number
Note: These are suggestions; consult your doctor for more advice.
Remember to keep your inhaler and medications near, know your asthma triggers, and wear your medical bracelet! Keep your bracelet somewhere it can be seen and avoid taking it off. Wearing your medical ID that day could make the difference between living healthy and severe medical consequences.