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Pregnant Asthma Prevent Attacks
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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
Uncertain: Beta blockers theoretically benefit coronary artery disease by reducing myocardial demand and reducing potential for ischemia and arrhythmia. This has been demonstrated conclusively with certain beta blockers (example carvedilol). Other beta blockers, like metoprolol have not been conclusively shown to reduce mortality and recurrent events , but most regard beta blocker benefits as a class effec. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get morning migraines heada%e7he from lack of oxygen due to sleep apnea induce asthma attack at night. Cpap triger asthma attacks with coughing spel?
Yes: Depends on how well controlled you are and what meds your on. Severity of asthma is determined by use of meds and frequency of attacks also what are your triggers for the attack. Viral illness the most common cause followed by noxious stimuli. The meds include a inhaled steroid and a beta agonist(rescue inhaler). Multiple factor involved but yes you may be more susceptible to attacks. Try act test. ...Read more
Only one option: Benzodiazepines like clorazepate bind the GABA receptor complex and increase overall sedation of the brainl. These medicines are best used short-term until the SSRI or SNRI anti-anxiety medication takes hold. If possible, you want to use the lowest helpful dose of the benzo's due to potential for sedation, intoxication, tolerance / dependence, balance, and memory troubles, esp with older folks. ...Read more
Normal?: Normal is such a complex and dangerous and comforting word all wrapped in 2 syllables. More information is needed to consider your situation. A physician can visit with you, take a full history, perform an exam, and then talk about what it might be. Have you seen a GI doctor yet? They are the kings and queens of gerd when there is any complexity. ...Read more
I've never been diagnosed with asthma but I do have anxiety and panic attacks. Can anxiety/panic attacks cause asthma??
It is possible : Recent research indicates a strong relationship between panic attacks and asthma, with each being a risk factor developing the other. Here is an article describing this: http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20050601/asthma-panic-disorder-often-go-hand-in-hand If you are concerned I would recommend see your doctor to initiate evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more
Panic ; Anxiety: I agree with dr. Burns that asthma can certainly develop secondary to gerd. However, physical sensations can be especially alarming to people who are prone to anxiety. This does not mean that gerd "causes" the anxiety or panic attacks -- your system is just extremely fine-tuned to physical sensation. This triggers your oversensitive system to react with anxiety. Cbt can help anxiety a lot! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've heard that long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) can cause severe asthma attacks. Should I stop taking them?
In some studies, long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) have been linked to life-threatening asthma attacks: The risk appears to be greatest when a LABA is used without also using an inhaled corticosteroid. In contrast, taking an inhaled corticosteroid along with a LABA is appropriate treatment for many people who have asthma. Don't stop any of your asthma medications before checking with your doctor first. LABAs are used on a regular schedule to open up narrowed airways and prevent asthma attacks. But because they increase the risk of having a life-threatening asthma attack, the Food and Drug Administration warns that LABAs should never be used without an inhaled corticosteroid. So if you're taking a LABA without an inhaled corticosteroid, check with your doctor. LABAs include: Salmeterol (Serevent), Formoterol (Foradil, Perforomist), Arformoterol (Brovana). A LABA should be taken with an inhaled corticosteroid, such as: Fluticasone (Flonase, Flovent HFA), Budesonide (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules, Rhinocort), Mometasone (Asmanex), Flunisolide (Aerobid, Aerospan), Beclomethasone (Qvar, Qnasl). One option is to take a single medication that combines both a LABA and a corticosteroid. There are three of these medications on the market: Salmeterol and fluticasone (Advair), Formoterol and budesonide (Symbicort), Formoterol and mometasone (Dulera). Children who need both a LABA and a corticosteroid should take them only as a combination medication, and not as separate medications. The benefits of LABAs to keep asthma under control generally outweigh the risks — if they're used as recommended. If you have any questions about your asthma medications, talk to your doctor. To be safe: Confirm with your doctor that you know how to take your medications. , Keep a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler on hand. , Meet with your doctor on a regular basis. , Talk to your doctor if your asthma isn't under control. . LABAs are sometimes used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When used for COPD, LABAs don't have the same risks that are associated with asthma, so these warnings and recommendations don't apply. . ...Read more
Does asthma turn into copd? If not, are they related? I don't smoke, had asthma since birth. Can i prevent longterm worsening of asthma somehow?
Yes: Asthma is leading chronic childhood disease affecting approximately 10 percent of the population nationally, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is leading chronic adult disease and third leading cause of death and second leading cause of disability. Some patients with both asthma and copd. Direct correlation is between severity of asthma and copd. Severe asthma 32x more likely get copd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer