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Doctors, do you think I can die from having an asthma attack while sleeping?

Doctors, do you think I can die from having an asthma attack while sleeping?

Unlikely....: Symptoms of an asthma exacerbation include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. These symptoms will awaken you or cause you not to be able to fall asleep in the first place. If you experience shortness of breath, see your doctor ASAP or go to the ER. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Why is it that people have asthma attacks while they are sleeping and can it eventually kill you?

Why is it that people have asthma attacks while they are sleeping and can it eventually kill you?

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

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If you are sleeping and you wake up and have an asthma attack, what could have caused that?

If you are sleeping and you wake up and have an asthma attack, what could have caused that?

Night: Asthma attacks are known to happen at 4 am due to increase bronchial tone at night. You should consider taking your asthma control medication regularly and keep albuterol inh at bedside. If you have these night time symptoms regularly please d/w your physician, . ...Read more

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Can you die from having an asthma attack during your sleep?

Can you die from having an asthma attack during your sleep?

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

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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 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?

Mgt: 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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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?

Dryness?: One of the chief complaints of CPAP is dryness which may contribute to your asthma. Humidification can be added to your CPAP device, and another comment would be about the proper cleaning of the unit. ...Read more

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Could I die if I have an asthma attack and I fall asleep?

Could I die if I have an asthma attack and I fall asleep?

Yes/No: Most people will not sleep during a severe asthma attack.
Yes asthma can be fatal if a severe attack. One may fall asleep if the carbon dioxide goes up and you fatigue your muscles. Rare but can happen. Maintain good asthma control. ...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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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 to do incase of an asthma attack?

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?

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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What are the symptoms of an asthma  attack?

What are the symptoms of an asthma  attack?

Varied: Typically there is the sensation of shortness of breath, fast breathing, wheezing and cough. You can have all or some of these symptoms. Children are more likely to display retractions which is the pulling in of chest and/or neck muscles with breathing. ...Read more

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What exactly happens during an asthma attack?

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

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What can happen if you have an asthma attack?

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

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How to tell if you're having an asthma attack?

How to tell if you're having an asthma attack?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. He/she can test for asthma. ...Read more

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What to do if someones having an asthma attack?

What to do if someones having an asthma attack?

See below: You should immediately use your short acting (rescue) inhaler and head to the emergency room. ...Read more

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How to know if you are having an asthma attack?

Wheezing?: Wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and chronic cough (especially with exercise) in various combinations. However other diseases may mimic asthma and you should see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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I had an asthma attack, what would you recommend?

I had an asthma attack, what would you recommend?

See your physician: Getting tested and giving a good history is vital to your treatment. Get started as soon as you can. Why suffer these attacks?
Good luck. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a sort of asthma attack?

What should I do if I have a sort of asthma attack?

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

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What should I do if someone is having an asthma attack?

See doctor: If this someone does not have a rescue inhaler, you need to get this person to see a doctor or head to urgent care if the degree of shortness of breath is severe or getting worse. On the way t the doctor, a cup or two of coffee may provide marginal relief. ...Read more

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How to know if I'm having an asthma attack but I'm not sure?

Get tested: An attack of shortness of breath can be almost anything. Givcing your physician a good history and a spirometry test can eliminate other conditions.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the after effects of asthma attack?

Not too much: Unlike copd, after an asthma attack, your lungs go back to the way they were before the attack. People who have chronic attacks and do not use a "controller" do run the risk of declining lung function due to chronic inflammation that is not alleviated. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...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