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Safe Freezer Asthma
I have ashma and last night I had problems breathing my neighbor put my head on the freezer to help me breath was that a good thing or not?
Yes, but...: An asthma patient can participate in any sport activity as long as their condition is under control. Be aware that the chlorine that is used in pools can turn into gas form bubbling of the water's surface. (worse on sunny day) Chlorine gas can trigger lung irritation in anyone and someone with unstable asthma could experience a chlorine triggered event. ...Read more
Did you mean visine or vaporizing?
As for oral inhaler, the bronchodilator ones should not be used regularly as a maintenance medication since it may actually worsen your asthma. The steroid one can be safely used without or with a long-acting bronchodilator with little or no significant long term side effects except in very high doses. Either the nebulized or meter-dose ones are ok. ...Read more
I am currently taking foxair and monteair for my asthma is this safe to take while trying for a baby?
Is a eucalyptus sauna safe for asthma. I haven't had an attack since I was six and can do high intensity exercises without my asthma being triggered.
Likely OK: If you don't have active asthma, you'll likely be fine. But be aware, you can never tell what may set off "asthmatic" lungs. It's possible that the "vaporized" eucalyptus oil may irritate your lungs and set off an asthma flare. If the heat of a sauna alone could do this. So just be aware and vigilant and you should be fine. Best of luck. ...Read more
Maintenance med: Take flovent, advair, or some other asthma maintenance medicine as your first treatment. Asthma attacks occur when your maintenance treatment is overwhelmed and needs the assistance of an immediate-acting med such as albuterol. Avoid allergy and other asthma triggers, like smoke or fumes; and hopefully, then you will be able to avoid asthma attacks. ...Read more
Many options: Asthma can be very serious during pregnancy. There are many options for both treatment of acute exacerbation, and more importantly prevention of attacks. Your OB should have you on an inhaled steroid for the prevention of attacks. Acute attacks may be treated with oral medication when severe. Please contact your OB to discuss the options. Good luck! ...Read more
I’ve purchased PMS Comfort: The natural solution for women as I have severe pms. Is this safe to take when I have severe asthma as well? Please help
Severe PMS: This herbal concoction is safe for asthmatics but may not give you the self-control that you need. PMS can be a devastating illness -- it may cause you to say or do things that alienate others and spoil relationships without your meaning to do so. Your personal physician is your best guide, and you should consider mainstream Rx. I am very glad you want to address this. Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes: Singulair (montelukast) is very safe. In the original studies done to gain fda approval, when a medication is given in varying doses to determine both safety and efficacy, there were no observed side effects at 900 times the 10mg dose that was shown to be maximally effective for asthma. The bigger question for your doctor or allergist is whether singulair (montelukast) alone is adequate to treat your asthma. ...Read more
Most are OK:
I feel your concern is about the inhaler steroids used as a controller. For the most part, very little of the drug is inhaled into your blood stream and eventually in your breast milk. If you are concerned, please discuss your questions with your child's pediatrician.
Good Luck. ...Read more
My 10 month old is prescribed to take Budesonide once daily for his asthma. Is this safe for long term use?
Yes: While this is a steroid preparation, the use as an inhalant allows it to go directly to the lungs where its action is needed. It is broken down by metabolism quickly, reducing total body exposure that would come with oral or injected meds. ...Read more
Is it safe to take Bachs rescue remedy (the comfort & reassure one) if you have asthma please. Could there be side affects? Thanks.
I have mild to moderate asthma. Is dulera (formoterol and mometasone) a safe medicine to take? I have read that it increases asthma related deaths? Is it well tested?
No evidence: Although the initial study involving only a long acting bronchodilator (laba) often on patients who were not on inhaled steroid at the same time showed a slight increase in risk for asthma deaths. Subsequent studies failed to confirm this finding as long as the patients were on an inhaled steroid (ics). In fact, the combination of a laba and ICS (dulera) works better than doubling the ICS dose. ...Read more
See Below. Category C: The fda uses a pregnancy category c system to classify possible risks to a fetus when a medicine is taken during pregnancy. Pregnancy category c is given to medicines that have not been studied in pregnant humans, but do appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Because advair can be essential for asthma control, mds sometimes recommend that women continue it. Vital to control asthma. ...Read more
Yes - important: It is very important that patients with asthma optimize their asthma before getting pregnant. They should continue to use these medications during pregnancy. Pregnant asthmatics do not compensate as well as they would when not pregnant. The medications are safe and being able to breath is crucial. ...Read more
Yes, but.: Most cases of mild asthma can be treated by the use of inhalers. Your anesthesiologist will want to discuss your case and your normal management. I ensure that my patients have had a dose of their inhalers prior to anesthesia. Should the asthma return during the case there are medications we can use to treat this. Good luck. ...Read more
Category C: Seretide is a combination inhaled steroid and long-acting beta agonist used for the treatment of persistent asthma. While this med is category c meaning risks of the medication cannot be ruled out, the most important aspect of treating asthma in pregnancy is gaining asthma control. Uncontrolled or severe asthma attacks can be potentially harmful to fetus. This risk is higher than the med risk. ...Read more
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