No inhaler? Try coffee for an asthma attack.

Diet & Nutrition

An asthma attack when you’re missing your inhaler or other meds can be scary, but you might find quick relief if there’s a Starbucks nearby.

A review of medical studies has shown that even small amounts of coffee can reduce wheezing and shortness of breath.

Caffeinated coffee contains theophylline, a chemical in many asthma drugs. It can relax the lung muscles and help open the airways up to four hours after drinking coffee.

Remember, an asthma attack is serious, especially without your meds. Try the coffee, but get it on the way to a doctor or ER.

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