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How Do You Help Someone Who Stops Breathing From An Asthma Attack
It depends: If a person is having difficulty breathing due to an asthma attack, then they should receive albuterol, a common asthma rescue medication. If a person is not breathing due to an asthma attack, then lifesaving measures must be taken by initiating CPR and calling 911. Subsequent care by authorities will focus on treating the underlying asthma attack. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, but allow for a long time for them to exhale. ...Read more
VEry Dangerous: If one were to stop breathing during an asthma attack then very aggressive invasive procedures would be done to save that persons life. Most likely that person would be inutubated, have a breathing tube placed in their airway, so that they could be mechanically ventilated. Depending upon others clinical conditions of pt more maneuvers would be done as well. ...Read more
Please answer! What may be the cause of my boyfriend having a hard time breathing to the point of an asthma attack?
3yr old. Hx Asthma. Woke up breathing hard. RSP 42. Spo2 87%. PEF normal. Gave inhaler. Can SpO2 be low and PEF be normal? & still have asthma attack?
Yes: But not enough. Need rescue inhalers and possibly emergency care. ...Read more
Obstruction...: In an asthma attack, there is airway obstruction so expiration becomes difficult and, eventually, there is an increase in carbon dioxide since it can't be expired. Pursed lip breathing prolongs the expiratory phase of respiration so that, potentially, more air and carbon dioxide can be exhaled. That way, there is more room for oxygen to be inhaled. ...Read more
Why when I have an asthma attack albuterol does not work, so what should I do if the only thing that helps is deep breathing?
Vocal cord dysfuncti:
You may have vocal cord dysfunction rather than asthma. This is due to constriction of the vocal cords. In asthma, the wheezing usually occurs when you breath out, and abluterol is effective. In vocal cord dysfunction, the wheezing occurs when you breathe in, and albuterol is not effective.
Speech therapy is very effective for vocal cord dysfunction. ...Read more
I sometimes have difficulty breathing, like my lungs feel "heavy". No cough or colds & I havnt had an asthma attack for years now. What could this be?
Difficulty in breati: You have a past history of bronchial asthma and it can be an attack of asthma with or without infectious process like bronchitis or pneumonia.The fact is asthma can always come back if there is a trigger. You need to see your doctor and need a pulmonary function test after clinical evaluation, and xray chest exam. Then you can be treated with inhaled steroids, bronchdilaters with/without antibiotics. ...Read more
I’m asthmatic and on chronic medicine twice a day (Symbicort Turbohaler, flomist, neo claryntine). I’m not feeling unwell or like I’m having an asthma attack but can feel that I’m not breathing 100% and am sounding very hoarse. Is something wrong?
Yes: The hoarseness may be from the Symbicort especially if you didn't gargle and rinse out the cortisone deposited on your throat area after each treatment. You may also have vocal cord dysfunction which may be associated with phonation and a sense of not getting enough breath in. Consult an allergist. ...Read more
38yo/f; what to do when I often dream of having asthma attack and eventually wakes up with wheezing sound and difficulty in breathing?
See your allergist: The dream isn't causing you to have an asthma attack - the fact that your asthma is flaring is what is causing you to dream about your asthma. Waking from sleep wheezing is a sign of uncontrolled asthma - you need to see your allergist to have your treatment plan adjusted to bring your asthma under good control. ...Read more
Do I need to add maintenance and rescue steroids to singulair (montelukast) if I've never had an acute asthma attack but have uncomfortable breathing on exertion?
Is it safe to mentally control the breathing in an asthma attack for an extended period of time? We're talking 6+ hours. Are there consequences?
Asthma attack led to ER visit. Given breathing treatment and two steroids. Medrol (methylprednisolone) pack for home. My heart rate is 100, is that ok?
No: Although high-dose Medrol can increase your heart rate, use of bronchodilator or uncontrolled asthma may be another cause. I noted that you are on Toprol (metoprolol) which may render your asthma more difficult to control and you should discuss this with your doctor preferably a B/C allergist. ...Read more
Steroids for 6 days for cold w/allergy & asthma flare. Much improved but still have productive cough and breathing is a little off. Call dr? Wait?
Been having draining sinuses (spitting mucus, stuffy nose, asthma flare ups) after breathing in smoke from burning wood outside for <5 seconds. Why?
Irritating: Smoke is very irritating to one's airways since it contains multiple chemicals, resins, aside from the ash. Why do you think firemen always wear a mask when fighting fire? ...Read more
Yes: But it depends on how severe the asthma attack has become. In a mild attack, steam from a shower or humidifier can help. However, if the attack is moderate or severe, then medications are absolutely necessary. These medications come as inhalers or nebulized solutions that can be given with a nebulizer machine. ...Read more
How long does it take for ventolin to work during an asthma attack? If it doesn't work after a few use, what should I do to stop the asthma attack?
Albuterol for asthma: Albuterol is a short-acting beta-agonist that is typically prescribed to be taken every 4 hours as needed for shortness of breath. Therefore, it should kick in pretty quickly to relieve your breathing difficulties, say 5-10 minutes. Of course, you need to use proper technique (we often recommend using a spacer - toilet paper roll is a cheap option). If you're not better, go to urgent care or er. ...Read more
No it will not:
Beclovent is an inhaled steroid used as controller Medicine thtough it's Anti Inflammatory effect, and will not stop an acute Asthma attack and is not meant for that
To stop an Asthma Attack you need a reliever Medicine like Albutero or Xopenex (levalbuterol) or atrovent by inhalation ...Read more
2puffs: An attack is usually cleared with 2 puffs of a short acting bronchodilator (such as albuterol). It is best to wait at least 1 minute between puffs. If you need the rescue inhaler frequently, you will need mediacal attention. If you need to use a short acting bronchodilator other than before exercise more than twice a week, you would need a preventative medication such as an inhaled steroid. ...Read more
Asthma control: Exercise is a common trigger of asthma. If sex is similar to exercise, usually taking albuterol 20 minutes before can prevent asthma symptoms. Also, exercise/sex induced asthma can be an indication that asthma is not under good control. An allergist or pulmonologist can determine if asthma is controlled and modify the medications, so exercise in whatever form can continue. ...Read more
Develop a plan: Successful asthma control can be achieved when you find a doc you can work with, learn the treatments & monitoring devices & develop a plan. This plan would include a way to tell if your control is getting better or worse (peak flow meter, symptom chart).It would include a plan for daily meds and when to use episodic rescue meds. An understanding of when to call or go in. ...Read more
Emerency: 911, there is no cure.Get a more detailed answer ›
Treatment....: An asthma exacerbation is typically treated with bronchodilator inhalers. Steroid inhalers are used to decrease airway inflammation on a chronic basis. There is really no food or drink that will stop an asthma exacerbation. If the shortness of breath is severe or does not respond to bronchodilator inhaler, the person should go to the er immediately. ...Read more
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