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If an asthma attack last 9 days what should I do?

If an asthma attack last 9 days what should I do?

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

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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It has been 5 days since my asthma attack and It's still hard to get a satisfying breath. Is that normal?

It has been 5 days since my asthma attack and It's still hard to get a satisfying breath. Is that normal?

Not normal: Asthma management depends on the severity of your asthma and which medications you have been prescribed. If you are following your doctor's recommendations and are still feeling short of breath, a visit to his/her office for evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Is 60mg of prednisone daily for 5 days enough for asthma attack?

Is 60mg of prednisone daily for 5 days enough for asthma attack?

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

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I was hopitalized last week for 4 days after an asthma attack, why do my joints hurt so bad now? Related?

Stopping steroids: Stopping steroids abruptly can cause what you are describing. Check with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Time for a visit: Call your doc and schedule a visit in the next few days. Asthma by itself should not trigger fever and chills.You may have been exposed to something a bit more worrisome than humidity in that basement.Infections are a common trigger to a flare in stable asthma. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Please see your MD: Don't self medicate, your wbc is high probably a steroid effect, seems your asthma is uncontrolled, see your doctor/Urgent care/ER now, later you may want to see an allergist, check aaaai.org or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Cough/mucus in chest. Can't expel without stridor/asthma attack. On amox/prednisone 3 days. Mucus not better. Are more meds/tests needed?

Cough/mucus in chest. Can't expel without stridor/asthma attack. On amox/prednisone 3 days. Mucus not better. Are more meds/tests needed?

Asthma attack: 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

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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

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Hospital diagnosed me with asthma attack, bronchitis, and abdominal aortic aneurism, class today should stay at home while on prednisone for 3 days?

Hospital diagnosed me with asthma attack, bronchitis, and abdominal aortic aneurism, class today should  stay at home while on prednisone for 3 days?

Aneurysm??: If a 19 yo was diagnosed with an aneurysm much more information is needed. You should ask your doctor about the asthma and bronchitis, your ability to go to school depends on how stable you are. ...Read more

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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 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

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What is an asthma attack?

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

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What causes an asthma attack?

What causes an asthma attack?

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

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Can plants cause asthma attack?

Asthma: If you are allergic to pollen yes you can have asthma from certain pollenating plants, see an allergist and determine what your triggers are to know what to avoid. ...Read more

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What to do to ease asthma attack?

What to do to ease asthma attack?

See below: Use your asthma meds like albuterol for the rescue and then steroids for the reduction of the inflammation. If not helping, see doc asap. ...Read more

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What exactly is an asthma attack?

What exactly is an asthma attack?

Difficulty breathing: Asthma is due inflammation in the breathing tubes with mucus -- which causes narrowing of the tubes. It is often caused by allergies. Infection cold air. An allergist can help you figure out the cause and talk to you about an effective treatment plan. ...Read more

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How to be safe from asthma attack?

How to be safe from asthma attack?

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

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What can trigger an asthma attack?

What can trigger an asthma attack?

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

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How long can an asthma attack last?

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

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What to do during an asthma attack?

What to do during an asthma attack?

Rescue inhaler: A rescue inhaler (ie albuterol) is probably the best choice. If attacks are frequent and/or severe, an "asthma action plan" should be developed between you and your physician. This will spell out exactly what steps are to be taken. ...Read more

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Can i almost have an asthma attack?

Can i almost have an asthma attack?

Almost?: Shortness of breath does not necessarily mean asthma. Many people get this but do not have asthma. To make sure, get tested by your physician- its easy.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does an asthma attack last?

How long does an asthma attack last?

Varies...: Asthma exacerbation can last for a few minutes to a few days to weeks depending on the degree of bronchospasm and inflammation and how it responds to routine therapy. The earlier in the exacerbation a person seeks help, the sooner it typically responds. ...Read more

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How badly could an asthma attack be?

How badly could an asthma attack be?

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

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What to do incase of an asthma attack?

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

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What do I do if I have an asthma attack?

What do I do if I have an asthma attack?

Follow your plan: Hopefully, you have a written plan for those situations. You use your rescue medications (inhalers) and may also possibly need steroids for a few days. If your bronchodilators do not provide relief, you may need to call your doctor or 911. ...Read more

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Is there a trigger for an asthma attack?

Is there a trigger for an asthma attack?

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

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How to know it is my first asthma attack?

Hard to tell: A good history and spirometry test will give your physician am excellent way to diagnosis asthma. If your first attack is bothering you, get your physiican to test you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can roach droppings trigger asthma attack?

Yes: Cockroach allergy is a major trigger for asthmatics that are sensitized to cockroach allergen. ...Read more

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Asthma Exacerbation In Children (Definition)

A condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes ...Read more