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how will i know what does an asthma attack feel like?

3 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Different things: Some people experience asthma as breathlessness or feeling starved for air, others chest tightness or chest pain, and still others hear or feel the wheezing in their chest. A few people only have cough, although they are the minority. When severe, there is usually little doubt about the diagnosis, but milder forms can sometimes be difficult to sort out.
Dr. Brian Novick
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
some people say it feels like a pile of books pressing on my chest..."hard to take a full breath"
Jan 30, 2012
Dr. James Glauber
Pediatrics 33 years experience
I have heard an asthma attack described as trying to breathe through a straw.
Feb 3, 2012
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Terrible....: People describe the sensation as "breathing through a straw." it feels like there is not enough air in the room. It is a very scary sensation.
Dr. James Glauber
Pediatrics 33 years experience
However as a pediatrician I have seen many younger children having asthma attacks that aren't complaining. Sometimes you have to look at how a child is breathing to know whether he/she is having an attack: rapid breathing, using extra muscles in the neck, chest and abdomen to breathe.
Feb 7, 2012
Dr. Helena Bentley
Pediatrics 39 years experience
Chest tightness with persistent "tight" cough and wheezing. Some patients have said that it fells liike suffocation.
Feb 8, 2012
Dr. Matthew Majzun
Pulmonary Critical Care 14 years experience
Terrible. : Asthma attacks are usually fairly quick in onset, though if you're asthma is not well-related it may be hard to tell what's an attack and what is just uncontrolled asthma. Symptoms are usually shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness, feeling like it's hard to get air out of your chest, and you may hear wheezing. If these start abruptly, you may need prompt medical attention.

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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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How can I manage asthma while pregnant?

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Multiple factors: You want to avoid or minimize exposure to things that make your asthma worse. You should let your doctor know you are pregnant and review your medications. You should take your medications as prescribed by your doctor. You should have a peak flow meter at home and keep track of your numbers periodically. You should get the flu shot. You should do whatever amount of exercise you are allowed to.
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What are the most common asthma symptoms?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Cough & wheezing: Asthma is a common illness in children that may cause wheezing (a whistling-type sound when the child is breathing, dry tight cough, and labored breathing. In many cases, the cough is worse with exertion (such as when the child is running around/playing) and also at nighttime. It is often brought on by a cold, allergies, sudden change in climate, smoke exposure, or exercise.
Dr. Luis Matos
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Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 45 years experience
Dry coughing during sleep is also common since that is when the body has shut down production of adrenalin and internal cortisone. By the way, post nasal drainage, laryngeal acid reflux, and drainage from dust mite allergy all can cause night time cough.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have heartburn; can it worsen asthma?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes.: Reflux (especially at night) is a known asthma trigger.
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.
Sep 15, 2012

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