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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...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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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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What is the difference of asthma and acute asthma?

What is the difference of asthma and acute asthma?

Chronic disorder: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways that can flare up from time to time with increased intensity of symptoms, which is called severe acute asthma or acute exacerbation of asthma. Many conditions/stimuli can trigger acute asthma in someone with a diagnosis of asthma. Anti-inflammatory medications can help control inflammation & prevent/reduce the number of acute asthma episodes. ...Read more

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Can a person who doesn't have asthma, have an acute bronchial attack?

Can a person who doesn't have asthma, have an acute bronchial attack?

Acute Bronchitis: Yes one can get an attack of Acute Bronchitis which may be due to viral or bacterial infection.Other irritants like smoke or pollution also may cause this condition less frequently. It causes cough and may last 10 to 20 days and gradually gets better.It may also cause wheezing and rhonchi in the chest on auscultation ...Read more

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What is the treatment of acute asthma?

What is the treatment of acute asthma?

Several medications: Bronchodilators such as albuterol (ventolin, proventil) or xopenex (levalbuterol) enlarge the diameter of the airways to help air flow and mucus come out of the lungs. Patients with cough-variant asthma, exercise-induced asthma, or regular asthma also use steroid inhalers (such as flovent) to reduce swelling, mucus, and "sensitivity" in the airways. Singulair is an additional medication that can be started. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis and asthma should I go to school tommorow?

I have acute bronchitis and asthma should I go to school tommorow?

Asthma & bronchitis : It depends, on how you feel, how long have been on treatment, if you are stable with no fever, not too much cough, no trouble breathing & no wheezing, yes you can, perhaps it would be better for you if you skip gym this week, you will need a doctor's note to go back to school. Feel better &good luck. ...Read more

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What is the course of disease (with and without treatment) for acute asthma?

Hard to say: Asthma is not a "One size fits all" problem. For some it is so minor they just cough when the seasons change, some will die of their attack if untreated. Some with rather minor asthma can go through a life threatening event when a simple aggravating factor like the flu or bronchitis triggers the attack.Modern treatments can allow most to achieve good control and minimize risk. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference between bronchial asthma and acute bronchiolitis ?

What is the clinical difference between bronchial asthma and acute bronchiolitis ?

Wheezing causes: Bronchiolitis is caused by a virus called the respiratory syncytial virus and usually lastsfor7-10days. Bronchial asthma is usually caused by allergies and may last longer if not treated properly. ...Read more

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Assuming that no other diseases are present, how fatal is it to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

Assuming that no other diseases are present, how fatal is it to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

See below: Acute bronchitis could exacerbate your asthma. So take extra precautions about your asthma. But about statistic, how fatal is it? I usually tell my patients: on which side of statistic you want to be? Good or bad? Remember, it's just numbers. Take care and think positive! ...Read more

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My 18 year old boyfriend says he will die is 2 years due to acute asthma... is it possible? He takes drugs everyday in boarding school.

Mgt: Asthma is a treatable illness, and even severe patients can be managed to control their symptoms. Avoiding possible triggers is very important. If he is away from home, I would suggest a HEPA filter portable unit and avoiding smoke exposure. A virtual appt is available online: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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If no other diseases are present, is it fatal for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

If no other diseases are present, is it fatal for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

Depends: Many can live a normal lifespan with asthma and an occasional bout of bronchitis. However, poor;y controlled/managed asthma can be fatal at any age and bronchitis can destabilize previously stable asthma. Good coordinated care can avoid bad outcomes. ...Read more

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If no other diseases are present, how fatal is it for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

If no other diseases are present, how fatal is it for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

Shouldn't be: In someone with asthma acute bronchitis from an ordinary cold is one of the usual triggers of an acute asthma exacerbation. Properly controlled asthma with early intervention at the onset of a cold can mitigate the severity. Serious complications are infrequent. ...Read more

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If no other diseases are present, how fatal is it for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

If no other diseases are present, how fatal is it for a 58-year-old woman to have a combination of asthma and acute bronchitis at the same time?

Why expect the worst: Both are treatable/controllable conditions, bronchitis in an asthmatic patient can just be an asthma flare, if you're really sick, please go to the ER, for better management/control of your asthma, see and follow up with an asthma specialist, you can check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Why don't you give epi-pen for acute asthma attack?

Why don't you give epi-pen for acute asthma attack?

Different use: Epi pens are used in people with severe, lifethreatening allergic reactions. Epinephrine is also a non-specific drug in that it stimulates different areas of the body so that side effects are very common anad sometimes dangerous. The rescue inhalers like albuterol are specific for the "receptors" in the lungs and so have little side effects outside that area. ...Read more

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If I suffer from allergies and asthma, could I be at risk of getting acute sinusitis?

If I suffer from allergies and asthma, could I be at risk of getting acute sinusitis?

Not really...: Acute sinusitis is due to an infection of your sinuses and your risk for this is not increased by the presence of asthma. However, if you get acute sinusitis, this could lead to an asthma exacerbation so see your doctor for treatment if you develop symptoms of acute sinusitis. ...Read more

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Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Why would someone be given an inhaler and steroids for acute bronchitis if they don't have asthma?

Symptoms: Bronchitis can be from any causes and means inflammation of the bronchial tree. If the symptoms are really bothersome, it may be treated temporarily with anti-asthma drugs to reduce the inflammation. Do note that if you do develop prolonged bronchitis symptoms with each cold, it may well be a manifestation of asthma which is only triggered by an infection particularly a viral one ...Read more