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i have asthma so i must do?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Treatment...: The most common treatment for asthma include bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Other treatments depend on symptoms present. Avoidance of triggers is an important part of therapy. Avoid smoking. Use a bronchodilator inhaler pre-exercise if you notice an increase of symptoms during exercise. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
General advice ??: The best advise for an asthma patient is to get a good evaluation, set up a reasonable treatment plan & comply with that plan. Proper followup & a good relationship with your pcp helps assure you can adjust treatment as changes arise.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Were you tested?: If you have been tested a course of treatment should have been prescribed. Depending on the severity of your asthma, various treatments may be started. Mild infrequent attacks may be treated with a rescue inhaler whereas more frequent severe attacks may require a controller inhaler to be added. The best course must be determined by you and your physician. Good Luck
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Avoid environmental allergens and irritants: smoke, perfumes, candles, fragrances, aerosols, too. Helps a lot!
Nov 26, 2014
Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
Family Medicine 16 years experience
Lifestyle change: Avoid all milk products since the milk protein causes respiratory tract inflammation. Also avoid gluten containing foods. Getting 30 -45 min of sunshine at noon daily or taking vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day and taking a good probiotic (not yogurt) help reduce inflammation Yoga breathing exercises 10-30 min/day help too. This may help avoid the need for meds

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Why can't I get confirmation from my doctor that my baby has asthma?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Difficult to diagnos: The diagnosis of asthma is best established with lung function tests that are not feasible in babies. However national guidelines from the nih do give some criteria: recurrent episodes of wheezing, troublesome cough at night, cough or wheeze after exercise cough, wheeze or chest tightness after exposure to airborne allergens or pollutants colds “go to the chest” or take more than 10 days to clear.
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When must I start to go to the emergency room for an asthma attack?

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No relief w/ meds: If you use your rescue medication and are not relieved or you need to use several times to get relief, you may need to be seen by your doctor or go to the er. Asthma always gets worse at night, so don't delay if you are having problems.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
It's OK to take 2-4 additional puffs of your rescue inhaler before leaving for the emergency room or while you are on the way. But go!
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What must I do if I have an asthma attack on a plane?

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Use rescue med: Use your rescue inhaler, just as you would if you were not on the plane. Let the flight attendant know if you are not getting relief with the inhaler.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is the primatene mist asthma inhaler banned?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Phased out: Primatene (epinephrine) mist was phased out as of dec 31, 2011 primarily due to cfc's (chlorofluorocarbons) being banned and other better asthma medicines.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
The manufacturer of primatene is asking the FDA to keep this over the counter rescue inhaler on the market since some asthmatics cant afford the prescription kinds or donot have ready access to a physician.
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What doctor must I see When I have asthma?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Start with GP: Many primary care docs have both the training & experience to deal with this common condition. When/if they decide you require a more intensive workup or management they would know who in your area would be available to consult.

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