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Are there other ways to stop an asthma attack besides inhaler?

Are there other ways to stop an asthma attack besides inhaler?

Yes: But it depends on how severe the asthma attack has become. In a mild attack, steam from a shower or humidifier can help. However, if the attack is moderate or severe, then medications are absolutely necessary. These medications come as inhalers or nebulized solutions that can be given with a nebulizer machine. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent or stop an asthma attack ?

Are there any good ways to prevent or stop an asthma attack ?

Develop a plan: Successful asthma control can be achieved when you find a doc you can work with, learn the treatments & monitoring devices & develop a plan. This plan would include a way to tell if your control is getting better or worse (peak flow meter,symptom chart).It would include a plan for daily meds and when to use episodic rescue meds.an understanding of when to call or go in. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to treating asthma without having to use an inhaler?

Are there alternatives to treating asthma without having to use an inhaler?

For some: The mainstay of asthma treatment is inhaled corticosteroid therapy. However, in some patients with elevated ige levels, there is an injectable (but expensive) drug available. Some pulmonologists also offer a procedure that can reduce the thickened muscle in the airways. This is a procedure that requires three outpatient bronchoscopies (scope in the lung). Not for everyone, but may be option. ...Read more

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Which other ways are there to help panic attacks besides prescribed medication?

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Panic: Breathing exercises work, also self-talk & reassurance until the attack subsides. Gaining control is the goal. Schedule appointment with a therapist to work on cognitive behavior modification. Also yoga & meditation help. ...Read more

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Are there medications or other methods to help me quit smoking?

Are there medications or other methods to help me quit smoking?

Yes: Chantix is the best of all out there dut to its nicotinic receptor action. But it has other side effects as well. Bupropion has been used for a while to assist in decreasing in craving. There are multiple products for nicotine replacement as well.. ...Read more

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What are some good, simple ways to explore triggers for asthma attacks?

What are some good, simple ways to explore triggers for asthma attacks?

Diary: I would not recommend that you simply "explore" on your own, specially if the symptoms are severe. Keeping a detailed diary on patterns of flareups, should help you identify what may be your triggers. Keep in mind that some of the most common are: allergens like pollen, dust mites, mold, pets, and exercising. Allergy testing would also help. ...Read more

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Are there any known ways to treat an acute gout attack without medication?

Are there any known ways to treat an acute gout attack without medication?

Ice: Cool that joint down with an ice pack. Cherry juice may help but is expensive. Colchicine, a common gout medication, is actually derived from the root of a plant, the autumnn crocus. Other dietary changes that may prevent flares include vitamin c, and low-fat dairy foods. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some breathing methods that ease asthma symptoms without an inhaler?

Could you tell me what are some breathing methods that ease asthma symptoms without an inhaler?

Breathing techniques: #1 is avoiding triggers. So if exercise or certain allergens make work, need to monitor or treat before asthma symptoms. Breathing in through nose and out through mouth is best because the nose will filter the air and humidify it. Something called purse-lip breathing can be helpful and is frequently used in COPD but also very good for asthma. ...Read more

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Besides taking inhaled steroids, are there other ways to reduce lung inflammation. Also would the lungs heal themselves overtime if nothing was done.

Besides taking inhaled steroids, are there other ways to reduce lung inflammation. Also would the lungs heal themselves overtime if nothing was done.

Other meds...: There are certainly other meds to control symptoms of lung inflammation. If we are talking about asthma alternatives like leukotriene inhibitors,mast cell stabilizers, methylxanthines like theophilline,among others which could help with this problem depending on the trigger. If we are talking about COPD then it is more difficult to treat since damage is not reversible and meds just treat symptoms ...Read more

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What are some drug-free alternatives that can help minimize asthma symptoms?

What are some drug-free alternatives that can help minimize asthma symptoms?

Removing triggers: allergy induced asthma can be helped by removing or minimizing your triggers. Animal dander, dust mites, pollen, etc. should be addressed. Remove rugs, carpeting, cover mattresses with a plastic cover are all good starting points. You can get "allergy reports" for your area from the internet especially during pollen seasons.Of course don't leave yourself without a "rescue" inhaler. Good Luck ...Read more

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Are there lifestyle habits I can change to get some asthma relief and reduce my risk of an asthma attack?

Yes: Probably most important would be to stop smoking if you smoke. If you live with someone who smokes, encourage them to quit. Everyone with asthma should know their triggers and then you can take steps to avoid them. Triggers can include: cold weather, pet dander, perfume, colds, smoke, other airborne allergens, others. If you know your asthma is triggered by cats, for ex., take steps to avoid them. ...Read more

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Are there any home remedies i can try to help soothe my asthma symptoms..Such as wheezing or breathlessnes, other than using my inhaler?

Are there any home remedies i can try to help soothe my asthma symptoms..Such as wheezing or breathlessnes, other than using my inhaler?

Inhaler is best: Quick-relief medication like albuterol is preferred way to get relief from asthma symptoms. It helps to stay calm, relax, remove yourself from asthma triggers (if present) it's controversial, but yoga can help with breathing relaxation. ...Read more

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Alternative ways to treat asthma apart from inhaler?

Alternative ways to treat asthma apart from inhaler?

Pills/shots: An older treatment was oral theophyllin a cousin of caffeine that was taken every 6-12 hrs depending on the form. The side effects included hyperactivity and occasional seizures if taken in excess. The inhalers use the lungs as a delivery site, and proper use simplified treatment and control.Proper training in inhaler use is often not given and leads to poor effectiveness. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to stop being allergic to something?

Are there any ways to stop being allergic to something?

Allergies: It depends. Kids tend to outgrow most of their food allergies. Environmental allergies can also be outgrown but some persist. Receiving allergy shots can clear symptoms of nasal allergies for a prolonged period of time. A board certified allergist can answer your questions. ...Read more

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My husband has asthma & he doesn't have insurance. His rescue inhalers are expensive. Are there any home remedies or tricks to calm an asthma attack?

My husband has asthma & he doesn't have insurance. His rescue inhalers are expensive. Are there any home remedies or tricks to calm an asthma attack?

Environment & meds: W/o testing, it's hard to give specific avoidance measures. If there's passive/ active smoking, this must be stopped. Eliminating areas of h20 damage, feather pillows/comforters, replacing old pillows, replacing what can't be hot h20 washed, etc. Spending money on a prescription low dose inhaled corticosteroid used regularly can pay for itself with decreased albuterol/er use. Stiff coffee acutely. ...Read more

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Are there any other ways to prevent common cold such as eating something or taking natural food resources besides taking the shot?

Are there any other ways to prevent common cold such as eating something or taking natural food resources besides taking the shot?

No shot for colds: You can reduce the severity of infection by maintaining good health, through a balanced diet, exercise; avoiding tobacco and alcohol. You can reduce your chances of getting the infection by frequent hand washing. There are no specific foods that would prevent infection and and there is no shot for common cold. ...Read more

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Can there be any way to stop having panic attacks?

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Can there be any way to stop having panic attacks?

Panic: Breathing exercises, relaxation thru distraction & meditation, medications if needed to calm the panic symptoms. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Aside from benzodiazepines, are there any equally effective treatments to prevent severe panic attacks?

Aside from benzodiazepines, are there any equally effective treatments to prevent severe panic attacks?

Yes: Other pharmacological options include antidepressants such as ssri's, some tricyclics, and maoi's. A psychiatrist can evaluate your situation and recommend effective treatments. Because they induce tolerance, benozdiazepines are not a good long term approach. Paired with antidepressants, various types of psychotherapy (including cognitive behavioral) are essential and will improve your results. ...Read more

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For cat related asthma are there any treatments beyond bronchodilators or steroids?

For cat related asthma are there any treatments beyond bronchodilators or steroids?

Cat in or out?: Cat sleeping on your head? Not much chance of improvement - unless you kick the cat out of your room. Cat out? Good. Open the windows or use a hepa air purifier to decrease airborne cat dander. Scrub down the room - bed, floor, walls, ceilings. Allergy immunotherapy takes time - a year or more - but done right it really helps especially if exposure is intermittent. See an allergist for help. ...Read more

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