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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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


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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

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How long does a typical asthma attack last?

How long does a typical asthma attack last?

Varies...: An asthma exacerbation can last any where from a few minutes to days, even weeks. The sooner during an exacerbation you seek treatment, the shorter the asthma episode is likely to be. So, it is important to know how your doctor wants you to treat an exacerbation and when to seek er level care so the episode resolves as quickly as possible. Asthma can be life-threatening so get help quickly. ...Read more

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How long does an asthma attack actually last?

How long does an asthma attack actually last?

Depends: The length of time an asthma attack lasts depends upon many factors including general state of health anfd importantly the trigger or cause.True asthma usually requires medication, but may not resolve , even with medication, until the trigger is removed. So, if no better consult your doctor. ...Read more

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How long for oral steroids to work for asthma? Had them for 48 hours but had asthma attack last night. What do you recommend i do?

How long for oral steroids to work for asthma? Had them for 48 hours but had asthma attack last night. What do you recommend i do?

See your doctor: If you are on oral steroids and are still having significant asthma symptoms, you should see your doctor immediately. You should also plan to see a board-certified allergist, who also has extensive training in the management of asthma. ...Read more

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I was woken last night my my coughing and then i couldn't get my breath, was like a asthma attack?

I was woken last night my my coughing and then i couldn't get my breath, was like a asthma attack?

Bad coughing fit.: The feeling that your couldn't breath is concerning. If you still feel as though you have trouble breathing, please get urgent help. Doubt that you just developed asthma but there are many conditions to worry about including: sleep apnea, pertussis, tonsillitis, epiglottitis, abscess (tonsillar/pharyngeal), and infections lower in the airways or lung (like bronchitis or pneumonia). Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have never had an inhaler and my last severe asthma attack was 4 years ago. I'm doing better now. Can you recommend any remedies for asthma?

I have never had an inhaler and my last severe asthma attack was 4 years ago. I'm doing better now. Can you recommend any remedies for asthma?

If no symptoms noRX: If you have not had any symptoms of asthma for four years and have not needed any inhalers, you do not need any inhalers or oral meds at this time you should refrain from smoking and avoid even second hand smoke if asthma symptoms like cough, wheezing, breathing problems start you will have to go back on your inhalers. ...Read more

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I am first month pregnant n flu is not leaving me since last week I had an asthma attack last year then I was 4 or 5 months pregnant what should I tak?

I am first month pregnant n flu is not leaving me since last week I had an asthma attack last year then I was 4 or 5 months pregnant what should I tak?

A trip to your doc: See your doctor as in the first trimester you need to take the right meds as well as be treated correctly. I am not sure what you have but you may have viral or bacterial induced asthmatic bronchitis. See your doctor as soon as [possible. ...Read more

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I was hopitalized last week for 4 days after an asthma attack, why do my joints hurt so bad now? Related?

I was hopitalized last week for 4 days after an asthma attack, why do my joints hurt so bad now? Related?

Stopping steroids: Stopping steroids abruptly can cause what you are describing. Check with your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more