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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.

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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.

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Please answer! What may be the cause of my boyfriend having a hard time breathing to the point of an asthma attack?

Please answer! What may be the cause of my boyfriend having a hard time breathing to the point of an asthma attack?

He may have Asthma: He may have bronchial asthma and you should tell him to get checked for it by his family doctor and do not smoke.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How can you stop an asthma attack quickly if I don't have my inhaler?

Carry your inhaler: The only consistently effective treatment is to have your albuterol inhaler with you.

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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.

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