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How do you help someone who stops breathing from an asthma attack?

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

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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If someone stopped breathing during an asthma attack what would the doctors do for them?

If someone stopped breathing during an asthma attack what would the doctors do for them?

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

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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?

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?

Asthma: You need to take your child to ER ASAP, he also needs a treatment plan including maintenance treatment, you can see your pediatrician or a pulmonologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can pursed lip breathing reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack?

Can pursed lip breathing reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack?

Yes: But not enough. Need rescue inhalers and possibly emergency care. ...Read more

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How can pursed lip breathing reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack?

How can pursed lip breathing reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack?

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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?

Asthma: Did your doctor test you for asthma and confirmed the diagnosis? If so, I would follow the instruction for the inhalers since ~5, 000 people die from asthma attacks and ~500, 000 hospitalizations yearly. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No harm but: If you cannot control it, you will need to get a rescue inhaler. If you do have frequent asthma attacks (2 or more per week), you need to consult your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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?

I would recommend: Re-consulting with your doctor. You may be going in the right direction, but after 6 days of steroids, you should be significantly better. The cough may last, but it's concerning that your breathing is "still off." ...Read more

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Been having draining sinuses (spitting mucus, stuffy nose, asthma flare ups) after breathing in smoke from burning wood outside for <5 seconds. Why?

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

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Can you stop an asthma attack without an inhaler?

Can you stop an asthma attack without an inhaler?

BRONCHIAL ASTHMA: It depends on how severe the attack of asthma. It is dangerous not to carry with you an inhaler, you can die from the attack without inhaler. Mild attacks can stop with just taking cough syrup. ...Read more

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How can you stop an asthma attack with no inhaler?

Inhaler: Always have an inhaler. I have seen many people de because of no inhaler. First thing an ambulance will give you is albuterol. ...Read more

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Are there other ways to stop an asthma attack besides inhaler?

Are there other ways to stop an asthma attack besides inhaler?

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

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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?

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

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Can beclovent (beclomethasone) be used to stop an asthma attack?

Can beclovent (beclomethasone) be used to stop an asthma attack?

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

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Why can't beclovent (beclomethasone) be used to stop an asthma attack?

Why can't beclovent (beclomethasone) be used to stop an asthma attack?

Beclovent (beclomethasone): Is a steeoid inhaler and is used as maintenance to keep inflammation in the airways under control. It works long term and does not have immediate effects on the dilating the airways in case of an attack ...Read more

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How to stop an asthma attack with an inhaler?

How to stop an asthma attack with an inhaler?

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

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I had an asthma attack during sex any ways to stop it?

I had an asthma attack during sex any ways to stop it?

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

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I had an asthma attack during sex, any ways to stop it?

I had an asthma attack during sex, any ways to stop it?

Yes: This may mean that your asthma is not under control. If asthma occurs only with sex, you may try taking a bronchodilator (albuterol) before to prevent it. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods are good to eat or drink to stop an asthma attack?

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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Does eating something really cold like ice help to stop or prevent an asthma attack?

No: Cold air, eating cold ice will exacerbate your asthma and can initiate an asthma attack. Warm and humid environment improve the health of your airway. ...Read more

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Could consuming somethin really cold like ice help to stop or prevent an asthma attack?

Not really: If you are having symptoms due to an asthma flare up, the best strategy would be to use a rescue inhaler/nebulization treatment such as albuterol for quick relief of symptoms. If you continue to have frequent symptoms that recur more than 2 times per week or have frequent night-time symptoms, then you may also require a daily controller medication such as inhaled steroids as well. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Asthma Exacerbation In Children (Definition)

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