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How To Stop A Asthma Attack
Revascularization: The only way to stop a myocardial infarction is to re open the obstructed or nearly obstructed coronary artery. That is why if the coronary artery can be reopened within minutes after the obstruction the early and long term survival is improved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try The Opposite!: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! actually let it happen! so if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good!" and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; & 2) alternate between squeezing & relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read more
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
Inhaled steroids: There are a few medications to treat asthma, but the mainstay are inhaled corticosteroids. While they are steroids, they have a very localized effect and are very safe. If they are not effective alone at preventing asthma, we have a number of other medications we can use. ...Read more
If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?
Not easy: It can certainly result in a feeling of panic if you cannot breathe because of an asthma attack. So it is important to have a doctor examine you during an attack. By the exam or by testing it can be determined which came first. For instance, with asthma the doctor would probably hear wheezing during your attack. The oxygen level in your blood might be low. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Several Methods: Prevention and long-term control includes avoiding triggers of asthma, such as allergens, smoking and infections. Sometimes daily medicines such as inhaled bronchodilators, steroids, or oral leukotriene inhibitors singularly or in combination are necessary to prevent asthma.For this type of therapy, consult your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have a snack.: If you're hungry, have a snack. But...(1) have a healthy snack - fruits, vegetables, yogurt, brown rice. And (2) don't wait until you're starving to have your snack, as you'll eat anything you can get your hands on. Have a little snack when you become a little hungry in between meals. Don't wait to become ravenous before you decide to have a snack. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes/NO: During a panic attack , a person may experience multiple physical symptoms including breathing difficulty such as feeling that he/she can't take a deep enough breath or can't even yawn, or feeling of chocking or hyperventilation. ... Over 25 years, we have never seen a patient where they stopped breathing. Usually oxygen concentration is within normal limits. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more
Doc Recognize: Panic attack vs Heart attack is something doctors deal with a lot. For a patient I would say that you should not make that difference. If you having chest pain or shortness of breath GO TO THE ER. Let us determine if you are having a panic attack or a heart attack. We are trained to tell the difference between the two, by asking questions, doing a physical, running EKG's, test etc. ...Read more
Difficult: You must be quick, as there rapidly is an "off-the-cliff" point where self-help techniques can't overcome the tidal wave. Controlled / concentrated breathing techniques; positive phrase repitition; biofeedback; (temporary) situation avoidance (if possible), are a few options. A good therapist/psychologist can help give you "tools for your toolbox" to use when coming on. Good luck! ...Read more
Multiple options: Holistic: concentrate on breathing. - take up meditation and learn how to put yourself into a relaxed state quickly - have hypnotherapy and installation of an "anchor" that you can use to quickly get you in a relaxed state. - do "progressive desensitization" where you gradually get more exposure to things that could cause you to panic. Prescriptive: ssri's for background, constant treatment... ...Read more
Not sure: I am guessing that something in the bath is triggering your attacks. Perhaps too much steam, maybe a reaction to your soap/shampoo. Some bathroom cleaners contain bleach which can be a trigger since it can irritate your lungs. Do you get the same reaction when you go to a pool or use another bathroom (like a hotel)? Try changing some of the things you use and see what happens. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?
Asthma- panic: Panic attacks sxs: anxiety; rapid, pounding heart; chest tightness/pain; shortness of breath w hyperventilation; hot /cold flashes; butterflies in stomach, nausea or vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; ^ sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking, difficulty swallowing or tight throat; They usually peak w/i 10 mins. Asthma sxs can include: difficulty breathing, chest > ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sensation differs: In panic, an individual usually gets a sensation that they can't catch their breath and often takes rapid, short breaths. It feels hard to INhale, and there may be a squeak noted in the upper windpipe. Episode usually preceded by sighing, feeling a lump in throat. In asthma, EXhaing is prolonged, due to narrow small airways and causes wheezing. May cough. Progress to both IN and EXhalation ...Read more
Several ways: The most important thing is to avoid the trigger if known. Seasonal asthma such as from pollens may require an increase in controller medication before pollen season starts. Allergy injections are an excellent way to prevent allergic asthma after identifying the causative allergens. While this is more time consuming, it is the only real long-term treatment that is disease-modifying! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Relaxation breathing: You can teach yourself relaxation breathing by reading and applying the book: the relaxation response by herbert benson. Otherwise, the best thing to do during a panic attack is nothing. Let it go away on its' own and it will eventually go away. That is called desensitization. Another great book for anxiety is called: stop obsessing by edna foa. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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