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Best medication or other treatment for asthma exacerbation in adults?

Best medication or other treatment for asthma exacerbation in adults?

Depends: Its tough to say with knowing your history. However, typically, asthma exacerbations are treated by increasing the frequency of rescue medications either by inhaler or nebulizer. Depending on dose, you inhaled steroid my be increased. Oral steroids are very common practice. If the exacerbation is really bad, you may need to be hospitalized and placed on heliox. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused ...Read more


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Any new latest findings in treatment for asthma exacerbation in children?

Any new latest findings in treatment for asthma exacerbation in children?

No: Nothing new for many years now. Singulair (montelukast) is probably the newest good thing and it is not for exacerbations, but for maintenance. ...Read more

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Is blue skin caused by asthma exacerbation in adults? What are the symptoms?

Serious complication: Cyanosis in an asthmatic is an ominous sign, life threatening. ...Read more

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What is the chance that blue skin is caused by asthma exacerbation in children? What are the usual symptoms?

What is the chance that blue skin is caused by asthma exacerbation in children? What are the usual symptoms?

Unlikely: If an asthma attack is very severe it can lead to respiratory failure where, the oxygen level can decrease and lead to cyanosis (bluish color of the lip and around the mouth). This is a very late sign in an asthma attack and an emergency. The usual signs of asthma in children is relentless cough, wheezing, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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My workplace old bldg. I smell mold & mildew. I made c/o's to boss. No intervention to date. Seemingly, more asthma exacerbations. What can I do?

My workplace old bldg. I smell mold & mildew. I made c/o's to boss. No intervention to date.  Seemingly, more asthma exacerbations. What can I do?

Options: Aside from quitting your job or taking your controller meds at higher doses you can go the legal route. If the work place appears to be a "health hazard" your local health department should be notified. You can do this anonymously. Of course if there were other workers with the same complaint it would be even better. ...Read more

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In an asthma exacerbation and have been using ProAir rescue inhaler. My hr is already a bit high (108-113) so the ProAir makes it worse. How long should the palpitations last for? Mine last over 30 min. Had a steroid shot today & starting prednisone

In an asthma exacerbation and have been using ProAir rescue inhaler. My hr is already a bit high (108-113) so the ProAir  makes it worse. How long should the palpitations last for? Mine last over 30 min. Had a steroid shot today & starting prednisone

Contact doctor again: If you have rec'd a steroid shot and taking prednisone as well, these alone can make you heart go fast. But if you are still having breathing problem, you need to go to the ER instead of relying on ProAir more than once every 4 hrs . In the meanwhile, avoid caffeine, ...Read more

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What is safe to give to pregnant women with asthma in exacerbation?

What is safe to give to pregnant women with asthma in exacerbation?

Many options: Asthma can be very serious during pregnancy. There are many options for both treatment of acute exacerbation, and more importantly prevention of attacks. Your OB should have you on an inhaled steroid for the prevention of attacks. Acute attacks may be treated with oral medication when severe. Please contact your OB to discuss the options. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been using seretide for almst 3 weeks alrdy. Last month I was hospitalized for CAP+asthma w/exacerbation by my doc. Is palpitation side effect?

I have been using seretide for almst 3 weeks alrdy. Last month I was hospitalized for CAP+asthma w/exacerbation by my doc. Is palpitation side effect?

Yes: Seretide contains both an inhaled steroid and a long-acting bronchodilator, the latter is the likely ingredient causing the palpitation. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication. Hope your asthma is now under control. ...Read more

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What is asthma with acute exacerbation?

What is asthma with acute exacerbation?

Terminology: Asthma is a condition some people have that is marked by wheezing and decreases air movement due to airway tightening. They are usually healthy on whatever program of medications or treatments they use. An acute exacerbation occurs when some triggering event makes a stable asthma patient begin to have symptoms. This would require extra treatment to return the patient to baseline health. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies exacerbate asthma symptoms, even if one has not had an asthma attack in over 5 years?

Can seasonal allergies exacerbate asthma symptoms, even if one has not had an asthma attack in over 5 years?

Yes...: Asthmatics can have long periods of remission, sometimes lasting years. But, it can also return at any time, including seasonal allergy time, resulting in an exacerbation. ...Read more

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Forgot to mention in an earlier consult that mucus I coughed up/vomited tonight was laced with blood. Have exacerbated asthma - blood concerning? I regularly cough up thick sticky mucus but not usually with red tinge.

Forgot to mention in an earlier consult that mucus I coughed up/vomited tonight was laced with blood. Have exacerbated asthma - blood concerning?
I regularly cough up thick sticky mucus but not usually with red tinge.

Depends: The importance would depend on amount and origin. A little color can originate from your throat , back of the nasal passages or airway due to the mechanics of retching or coughing hard as it traumatizes the structures. This is rarely more than small amounts & wouldn't give big clots. This would self heal. Any more would require an evaluation to be sure. ...Read more

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Will the common cold exacerbate my asthma?

Yes: The common cold is one of the most common triggers for acute exacerbations of asthma symptoms, especially in younger children. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take gynera pills for management of endometriosis even if i was diagnosed with asthma not in acute exacerbation? Thank you.

Is it okay to take gynera pills for management of endometriosis even if i was diagnosed with asthma not in acute exacerbation? Thank you.

Yes: Yes fixed dose , combination contraceptive ( or for management of endometriosis as in your case )like gynera could be used , even if you have asthma , if you are not allergic to it. Speak to your doctor. ...Read more

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In acute exacerbation of asthma, a nebuliser gave brief relief, compared to a spacer and MDI. I would try a nebuliser 4-6 hourly.Your recommendation?

In acute exacerbation of asthma, a nebuliser gave brief relief,  compared to a spacer and MDI. I would try a nebuliser 4-6 hourly.Your recommendation?

See below: First, if you having an asthma exacerbation, you should let your doctor know, if you haven't already. You need a way to check your oxygen to make sure it is staying in the normal range. If the nebulizer works better for you, by all means use that. You can use really as much as needed so you can breathe, although we like for patients at home to use it no more than every 4 hours. ...Read more

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Hi, my brothe diagnosed skin asthma 6yrs. ago.his condition exacerbate, from head to toe. Can you advise me what medicine can we use for him? Thanks

Hi, my brothe diagnosed skin asthma 6yrs. ago.his condition exacerbate, from head to toe. Can you advise me what medicine can we use for him? Thanks

Needs to see Doctor: First of all there is no condition called Skin Asthma Secondly we can not prescribe any medicine on this site He should be evaluated by a Doctor for proper Diagnosis and based on that he will be prescribed medicine or medicines ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway Obstruction: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath due to airway obstruction. The symptoms are usually episodic, but can be present on a daily basis. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Chronic disease: It is chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. This is related narrowed airways from inflammatory changes of the airway walls and spasm of the muscle in the airways(bronchospasm). ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

A condition: a condition based on inflammation of the airways that causes increased secretions, cough and difficulty breathing ...Read more

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What is asthma?

Airway inflammation: Main components of asthma are inflammation and constriction of small airways, making more difficult to breathe. When exposed to virus or allergen, wheezing can occur.The more severe inflammation and constriction, the worse the asthmatic attack. Cells in the airways might make more mucus than usual plugging up airways. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. ...Read more

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