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Asthma Attack Lasting Days
9 days ?: If your attack is lasting this long you should be checked. Status asthmaticus is a prolonged "attack" and if this is the case you may need more drug therapy than your inhalers can provide. Please do not wait any longer. ...Read more
It has been 5 days since my asthma attack and It's still hard to get a satisfying breath. Is that normal?
I think im having an asthma attack (im going to the doctors to find out if I have asthma in a few days), can I use an inhaler even though im not sure?
Usually: That dose for that duration should be able to significantly decrease the symptoms of asthma during an attack. However, the dose and duration of treatment will vary depending on the severity of the attack. Longer and stronger courses may be necessary. On the other hand, shorter courses of less dose can also do the trick for a molder exacerbation. ...Read more
I was hopitalized last week for 4 days after an asthma attack, why do my joints hurt so bad now? Related?
Had an asthma attack a week ago (pefr, fev1, spo2 dropped to low end of the green zones) , took 3+ days to get the numbers back to normal. Should i ask about a nebulizer?
Yes: I believe your asthma was not under control even though when you didn't feel any symptom prior to the attack . Thus you need to get a lung function test to find out whether you need a controller drug to prevent another attack. It is now believed that each exacerbation causes some permanent loss in lung function . All patients with asthma should have a rescue (albuterol) inhaler on hand. ...Read more
I went to the ER today for an asthma attack and told to follow up with my PCP within 2 days. What's the reason for this? I have asthma meds.
Gauge response: Do you keep a daily diary with a peek flow meter readings and annotation of symptoms ? ER visits for asthma indicate a failure of your present asthma treatment plan. You need to get with your doc and get better control and learn how to anticipate and treat events before they get ER worthy. ...Read more
Very bad asthma attack after working in musty basement 2 days ago. Inhaler helped but now having fevers/chills & body aches ever since.Due to asthma?
My white blood count is 18.4..and asthma is bad now...is it ok to take prednisone for 5 days or what's my options to treat asthma attack?
Cough/mucus in chest. Can't expel without stridor/asthma attack. On amox/prednisone 3 days. Mucus not better. Are more meds/tests needed?
You know your problems are related to allergies and asthma and you say you are not using any inhaler
you should talk to your doc how to control and relieve asthma symptoms
you need to take controller meds like inhaled sterois with/without long term bronchodilaters, like advair and dullera twice a day, singular
and reliever mds like albuterol or duoneb.
In acute cases you need oral steroids short c. ...Read more
I had rhinoplasty 3 days ago. Day 2 had mild asthma attack lead to what feels like a chest cold. Feel under the weather. Taking keflex. Is nose ok?
Call surgeon: In all likelihood, it is likely that there is no problem. However your surgeon is likely the best source for this answer. ...Read more
Hospital diagnosed me with asthma attack, bronchitis, and abdominal aortic aneurism, class today should stay at home while on prednisone for 3 days?
I received chest xray which came back negative and told it was an asthma attack and given Prednisone. 3 days in still awful wheezing and green mucus?
I'm not sure: what your question is. If you could please re-submit with a question, one of us would be happy to try to help you. You can also submit a question/request a consult on HealthTap Prime. ...Read more
Exacerbation...: An asthma "attack" is an acute exacerbation of asthma caused by bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways. These exacerbations are recurrent but patients are often completely normal between attacks. Symptoms during the episode include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath. Patients may have low oxygen levels during the attack. Patients with these symptoms need immediate eval. ...Read more
Many triggers: Asthma starts with inflammation of the airways. That inflammation can be triggered by many exposures, such as allergies, infections, and weather changes. Irritants like cigarette smoke and dust can also start an asthma attack. Exercise for many people can also cause symptoms. In the last few years, acid reflux has been recognized as a cause for asthma. Avoiding & controlling these prevents attacks. ...Read more
Maintenance med: Take flovent, advair, or some other asthma maintenance medicine as your first treatment. Asthma attacks occur when your maintenance treatment is overwhelmed and needs the assistance of an immediate-acting med such as albuterol. Avoid allergy and other asthma triggers, like smoke or fumes; and hopefully, then you will be able to avoid asthma attacks. ...Read more
Many things : Anything from cold air to animal dander to anything you may have allergies to. The best thing is to get tested by your physician. If necessary an allergist or pulmonologist may be needed. ...Read more
Varies: An "attack" can last from a few hours to days, depending on how well and how soon it is treated. Inflammation and bronchoconstriction (narrowing of the airways) need to be addressed in an exacerbation - the former with systemic steroids and the latter with bronchodilators (ex. Albuterol). Often, bronchodilators may be enough. ...Read more
It can be bad:
Asthma is a chronic airway inflammatory disease and can present with acute attack of asthma which can be mild,moderate or severe
Patients with Asthma often carry resque inhalers with them and are trained to use them when they get an acute attack and some acute attacks are so severe that those patients end up admitted to hospital for treatment
Most can be and are controlled at home these days ...Read more
Rescue inhaler: Take your rescue inhaler (albuterol, proair, ventolin, xopenex) 2-6 puffs if you're having an attack. You can give it up to three times, 20 minutes apart, but if your symptoms do not improve, you should immediately go see a doctor for further evaluation. If your attacks are frequent, schedule a visit to your physician who can recommend maintenance medications to alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more
Triggers...: There can be triggers for asthma exacerbation including allergic triggers, infectious triggers, environmental triggers, etc. Sometimes, an allergist can verify asthma triggers in an individual patient. Some triggers can be avoided once identified. See your doctor to identify your triggers! ...Read more