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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any home remedies i can try to help soothe my asthma symptoms..Such as wheezing or breathlessnes, other than using my 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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