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What are asthma and anxiety/panic attacks?

What are asthma and anxiety/panic attacks?

Asthma vs panic: Asthma attacks are due to allergic triggers setting off an inflammatory response in the lungs, narrowing breathing pathways. Panic attacks are due to emotional triggers, often associated with hyperventilation and a feeling of difficulty breathing. They are also associated with dizziness and numbness and tingling of the extremities and around the mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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I have asthma and anxiety and it is not under control. My asthma/panic attacks have been constant for days or longer. I feel like i'm suffocating. ?

I have asthma and anxiety and it is not under control. My asthma/panic attacks have been constant for days or longer. I feel like i'm suffocating. ?

Treat & defeat both: Panic attacks and asthma attacks can feel very similar from a respiratory standpoint. Also, each issue can make the other worse. Asthma control comes down to eliminating or reducing environmental/physical triggers and taking appropriate medication. Panic control comes with significant therapy/counseling to dig up the roots of how you feel and why. Meds for panic can be helpful but only short term. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.

Reversibility: Asthma and COPD overlap however asthma shows reversible pft changes where the changes with COPD are more fixed. In addition COPD is a disease mostly of older people who have been smokers, asthma can affect anyone including young people and is often associated with a hx of allergies. In some patients the tow disease coexist. Stress/anxiety make both worse but do not "cause" copd. ...Read more

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I was born with asthma and got panic attacks since 2 years. They got worse now. Is it ok to take prozac (fluoxetine) with ventolin. Is it ok to go to the gym?

I was born with asthma and got panic attacks since 2 years. They got worse now. Is it ok to take prozac (fluoxetine) with ventolin. Is it ok to go to the gym?

Discuss w/ doctor: Prozac and Ventolin can be risky - same w/ Zoloft but Paxil (paroxetine) seems less so. Talk to your doctor and seek CBT to optimize your treatment - you need skills to manage your attacks and it will reduce need for meds. Clear the gym plans too but it may be a very good thing to get appropriate exercise. Just get advice to plan it. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between asthma and a panic attack?

How can you distinguish between asthma and a panic attack?

Panic attacks sxs:: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot /cold flashes; butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; They usually peak w/i 10 mins. Asthma sxs can include: difficulty breathing, chest tightness or pain, ...Read more

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How can I know if i had a small asthma/panic attack last night but my parents don't believe me help?

How can I know if i had a small asthma/panic attack last night but my parents don't believe me help?

You are old enough: To seek help on your own, whether or not your parents believe you is irrelevant. Call a doctor and make an appointment for an evaluation to determine what is happening . They will be able to help you determine if it is asthma or a panic attack and what action to take to remedy the problem. ...Read more

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I reacentli have been experiencing a titening in my chest, and then i start having difficulty breathing, it almost like and asthma or a panic attack?

I reacentli have been experiencing a titening in my chest, and then i start having difficulty breathing, it almost like and asthma or a panic attack?

Chest tightness: It can be either an asthma attack or a panic attack, you need to be examined and have a full history taken and maybe run some test to determine what is going on, you should see a doctor about it. ...Read more

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If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

Not easy: It can certainly result in a feeling of panic if you cannot breathe because of an asthma attack. So it is important to have a doctor examine you during an attack. By the exam or by testing it can be determined which came first. For instance, with asthma the doctor would probably hear wheezing during your attack. The oxygen level in your blood might be low. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

Coughing: Asthma attacks and panic attacks share some characteristics - shortness of breath, chest discomfort, increasing heart rate & anxiety. Coughing accompanies these symptoms in asthma and is not usually present in an anxiety attack. ...Read more

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Panic (Definition)

Panic is a psychological and somatic state of anxiety usually involving extreme fear, characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pounding heartbeat, sometimes dizziness or light-headedness, tunnel vision, a sense of unreality, and a feeling of needing to escape from ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Panic Attack (Definition)

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated attacks of intense fear that something bad will occur when not expected. The person lives in fear that ...Read more