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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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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 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

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My last asthma attack happens when i was 9. Ow 21, i feel the symptoms of ait are slowing coming back. Chest pain, short breathe. What should I do?

My last asthma attack happens when i was 9. Ow 21, i feel the symptoms of ait are slowing coming back. Chest pain, short breathe. What should I do?

Asthma returns: It is common for asthma symptoms to recur. Usually the trigger is occupational exposure or infection. It's helpful that you recognized the symptoms. See your doctor for examination, lung function test and appropriate treatment. If symptoms occur more than twice a week during the day or twice a month at night, even if lung function is normal, then a daily controller medication is needed. ...Read more

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I've had a history of Asthma but have never had an asthma attack. My mom is convinced I grew out of my Asthma but for the last few hours my chest has been tightening and when i breathe it feels very cold and hurts and this is exactly how I used to feel be

Get it checked!: One never really outgrows asthma. You can have no symptoms for years and then it will flair up again. There may also be something else going on so please have it checked out soon. ...Read more

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Asthma attack and coughing in the ER last night.Home today and I have a backache across my upper back?

Asthma attack and coughing in the ER last night.Home today and I have a backache across my upper back?

Asthma: This is common and related to the excessive coughing and accessory muscles you were using during the asthma attack to try to get oxygen into your tight lungs. It will resolve although you could try a heating pad or acetaminophen. I would not recommend nsaids (advil, aleve (naproxen) aspirin, Ibuprofen or motrin) since those can sometimes trigger or worsen breathing in the rare individual with asthma. ...Read more

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