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Asthma Attack While Sleeping
Nocturnal asthma: Asthma symptoms that occur at night (usually around 2-3 am) is a problem if it occurs more than twice a month. This can mean the asthma is not controlled. The reasons are many-lower blood cortisol level, breathing in indoor allergens and/or cool dry air, and other reasons we don't understand. Death from asthma is uncommon but preventable. See your allergist. ...Read more
Wake up then die: Severe asthma attacks can occur any time but especially at night, typically 2-3 am. If nighttime asthma symptoms occur more than 2x a month, then a person's asthma is not controlled. Most asthma deaths that occur are in people who are not taking their daily asthma controller medications, overusing albuterol, psychiatric conditions, and more. The asthma symptoms will wake you up...Don't ignore! ...Read more
Is it possible to be able to perform daily duties and go to sleep (and stay asleep) without problems during an asthma attack?
I have a dry cough. Every time it appears when I sleep in bed and at the same time a mild Asthma attack every day. How can I control the cough?
I would suggest pillow and mattress covers and keeping the bedroom including flooring thoroughly clean. Timing your dose of Albuterol before bedtime and taking the asthma control test online will help determine the next step.
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I want to be adding oxygen to cpap for sleep apnea induced asthma attack at night as I have to us my asthma rescue med and have bad sideeffects from?
Review with doc 1st: Although this would seem to be an obvious help, please review your plans with someone who knows your case. Part of what keeps you breathing is the concentration of co2 in your blood and supplemental oxygen under the wrong circumstances could cause problems with your natural breathing drive system. ...Read more
I had asthma attack due to flu while in hospital on Tuesday and have been given steroids can't stop caughing since today help can't sleep what to do?
Steroid insomnia: HIgh dose of steroid keeps people awake and you will likely sleep better as the dose is tapering down. However if you are still coughing, this may mean that either your asthma is still not well controlled or something else may be causing your cough. If necessary, I may prescribe a sleeping pill for a few days when the dose of steroid is high. (Steroid injection may linger on for a few days). ...Read more
I believe my mom has asthma attack. It is hard for her to sleep, you can hear her lungs, it is hard for her to breathe or even speak. What can I help?
Have her seen: Breathing difficulty as that of an asthma attack doesn't improve until treated. Various lung infections and conditions can have similar symptoms. If her lung difficulties are preventing her from normal activities like sleep, self care, taking meals, etc. She should be evaluated. ...Read more
I get morning migraines heada%e7he from lack of oxygen due to sleep apnea induce asthma attack at night. Cpap triger asthma attacks with coughing spel?
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
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
Attack...: During an asthma exacerbation, the inflammatory cascade in the airway is triggered leading to bronchospasm and airway inflammation. The airways become swollen and fill with inflammatory by-products like white blood cells, mucous, etc. Treatment is aimed at relieving the bronchospasm and inflammation. ...Read more
Mild to death: If the asthma attack is mild, you may get over it on your own. If it is severe, you may die from it. It is always a good idea to check with your family doctor who will be able to get a more accurate history and likely obtain a lung function test on you to assess the severity of your disease this in turn will determine the type of treatment required. ...Read more
Asthma Treatment: During an asthma attack, a person should stay calm and remove themselves from the asthma trigger (smoke, etc). The use of a quick-relief medication like albuterol inhaler is the most effective treatment as it begins working in 3-5 minutes. An asthma specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist can develop a written asthma action plan just for you. ...Read more