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Asthma Relief Without Inhaler
Can patients with vocal chord dysfunction get some relief from asthma inhalers, particularly blue rescue inhalers?
Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all
2)quick relief inhaler
Don't play doctor: That is a decision that you should make in consultation with your physician. Your quick relief inhaler should only be used for acute symptoms and not routinely. The nhlbi guidelines other than younger children would suggest the oral controller tablet. The steroid inhaler is the primary medication otherwise for anything other than "intermittent asthma". Don't play doctor! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get asthma attacks evey morning.Is there a way that i can do without the use of my inhaler not to get such attacks?
Check for allergies: Have you had an allergy workup? That would be my suggestion. Daily morning attacks suggest a possible allergic component. Do you use a feather pillow? ...Read more
For some: The mainstay of asthma treatment is inhaled corticosteroid therapy. However, in some patients with elevated ige levels, there is an injectable (but expensive) drug available. Some pulmonologists also offer a procedure that can reduce the thickened muscle in the airways. This is a procedure that requires three outpatient bronchoscopies (scope in the lung). Not for everyone, but may be option. ...Read more
Oral meds: Although they have been largely replaced by inhalers, methylxanthine products like theophylline are still available for use as a pill. These are bronchodilator products that are taken daily & have many side effects ( it is a cousin of caffine). Oral steroids are also used occasionally but send it everywhere instead of just to the lungs. Again side effects can add up.Discuss with your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Call for help early: During asthma attack healthy people often increase their breathing rate to keep up with oxygen and breathing demands. This can only go on for so long until people get tired ("respiratory fatigue"), so i would say get them to help and assist them. Have them sit down, lean forward to breath and support them. Call for emergency health. Keep them away from smoke and heavy perfumes. ...Read more
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