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Can seasonal allergies exacerbate asthma symptoms, even if one has not had an asthma attack in over 5 years?

Can seasonal allergies exacerbate asthma symptoms, even if one has not had an asthma attack in over 5 years?

Yes...: Asthmatics can have long periods of remission, sometimes lasting years. But, it can also return at any time, including seasonal allergy time, resulting in an exacerbation. ...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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What is an asthma attack?

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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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 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 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?

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

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What happens if you feel like you're having an asthma attack but you don't have and inhaler?

What happens if you feel like you're having an asthma attack but you don't have and inhaler?

Airway constriction: This airway constriction could then result in collapse and even death. Don't let your inhalers expire and keep them within easy reach. ...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 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?

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?

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