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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 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 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 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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I had a asthma attack 8 weeks ago and still have dry cough , how long will that last?

I had a asthma attack 8 weeks ago and still have dry cough , how long will that last?

Asthma: It seems your asthma is still not well controlled. I suggest you go back to your treating physician or consult an allergist to help you manage your asthma better. The cough will last until the asthma is controlled. ...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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If an asthma attack last 9 days what should I do?

If an asthma attack last 9 days what should I do?

9 days ?: If your attack is lasting this long you should be checked. Status asthmaticus is a prolonged "attack" and if this is the case you may need more drug therapy than your inhalers can provide. Please do not wait any longer. ...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 have had shortness of breath for 4 months, it never goes away fully. No coughing or wheezing. Can an asthma attack last for 4 months, what else?

I have had shortness of breath for 4 months, it never goes away fully. No coughing or wheezing. Can an asthma attack last for 4 months, what else?

Yes: But you will need to consult your doctor to make sure that asthma is the cause since there are many other causes for shortness of breath. ...Read more

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How can it feel to have an asthma attack and how long before you're 100% again?

How can  it feel to have an asthma attack and how long before you're 100% again?

Worse than usual: When you have an asthma attack, symptoms such as shortness of breath, cough, and even chest tightness can become much worse. This can be life-threatening and may require hospitalization. Depending on severity and your other medical problems, you may not be back to "normal" for several weeks. ...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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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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After asthma attack, how long does the wheezing continue?

After asthma attack, how long does the wheezing continue?

May persist for days: Wheezing is a common symptom of asthma and it will continue as long as there is narrowing of the small airways in the lungs. If the asthma is being treated appropriately and attacks treated aggressively, the wheezing should respond to medications in 1-2 days. For some, the wheezing can continue for days or even weeks depending on the trigger and response to treatment. ...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?

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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How long does it take for prednisone to help asthma attack been on it since tues 9 pm 33 yr old woman 60 mh 2 dys, now on 40 mh for four?

How long does it take for prednisone to help asthma attack been on it since tues 9 pm 33 yr old woman 60 mh 2 dys, now on 40 mh for four?

Varies....: The time for Prednisone to be effective varies but you should begin to feel better within a few days. If your symptoms are worsening, you need to be re-evaluated by your doctor or go to the er. You may need more intensive therapy if you are not improving. If you are smoking, you need to quit immediately. Good luck! ...Read more

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After an asthma attack, i appear to have a severe headache that lasts a day. What should I do? Also, have noticed an increase in heartburn occurrences as well. What should I do? Are these normal?

After an asthma attack, i appear to have a severe headache that lasts a day. What should I do? Also, have noticed an increase in heartburn occurrences as well. What should I do? Are these normal?

See your physician: Heartburn in asthma patients may be due to higher than normal acid reflux from the stomach and/or taking Prednisone for asthma attacks. Some people develop migraines along with allergy; if your asthma attacks are associated with exposure to allergens, that may explain it. Another explanation, that nasal allergy worsens along with your asthma and causes headache, see a board-certified allergist. ...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

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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