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Have moderate to sever asthma i need a neb treatment and cant get into see ny doctor far a week what can i do ever the counter to help?

Have moderate to sever asthma i need a neb treatment and cant get into see ny doctor far a week what can i do ever the counter to help?

Asthma: You can do a virtual consult to get an emergency dose of Medicstion. You don't need to wait for your doctor. Nothing over the counter will help

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What is the treatment of acute asthma?

What is the treatment of acute asthma?

Several medications: Bronchodilators such as albuterol (ventolin, proventil) or xopenex (levalbuterol) enlarge the diameter of the airways to help air flow and mucus come out of the lungs. Patients with cough-variant asthma, exercise-induced asthma, or regular asthma also use steroid inhalers (such as flovent) to reduce swelling, mucus, and "sensitivity" in the airways. Singulair is an additional medication that can be started.

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What is the course of disease (with and without treatment) for acute asthma?

What is the course of disease (with and without treatment) for acute asthma?

Hard to say: Asthma is not a "One size fits all" problem. For some it is so minor they just cough when the seasons change, some will die of their attack if untreated. Some with rather minor asthma can go through a life threatening event when a simple aggravating factor like the flu or bronchitis triggers the attack.Modern treatments can allow most to achieve good control and minimize risk.

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Why don't you give epi-pen for acute asthma attack?

Why don't you give epi-pen for acute asthma attack?

Different use: Epi pens are used in people with severe, lifethreatening allergic reactions. Epinephrine is also a non-specific drug in that it stimulates different areas of the body so that side effects are very common anad sometimes dangerous. The rescue inhalers like albuterol are specific for the "receptors" in the lungs and so have little side effects outside that area.

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What is the difference of asthma and acute asthma?

What is the difference of asthma and acute asthma?

Chronic disorder: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways that can flare up from time to time with increased intensity of symptoms, which is called severe acute asthma or acute exacerbation of asthma. Many conditions/stimuli can trigger acute asthma in someone with a diagnosis of asthma. Anti-inflammatory medications can help control inflammation & prevent/reduce the number of acute asthma episodes.

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My 18 year old boyfriend says he will die is 2 years due to acute asthma... is it possible? He takes drugs everyday in boarding school.

My 18 year old boyfriend says he will die is 2 years due to acute asthma... is it possible? He takes drugs everyday in boarding school.

Mgt: Asthma is a treatable illness, and even severe patients can be managed to control their symptoms. Avoiding possible triggers is very important. If he is away from home, I would suggest a HEPA filter portable unit and avoiding smoke exposure. A virtual appt is available online: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ

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Is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma, and pregnancy? Why?

Is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma, and pregnancy? Why?

Anti-cholinergic : Diphenhydramine's anticholinergic effects are to blame. They cause it to aggravate increased intraocular pressure, and dry secretions in those having asthma attacks, making it hard to clear secretions. Here's a link: http://answers.Yahoo.Com/question/index?Qid=20090328145710aa3jfbq the link is wrong about pregnancy, though. It's category b, not c, for pregnancy and considered safer than other meds.

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Is it true that diphenhydramine is contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?

Is it true that diphenhydramine is contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?

DPH & Asthma, glauco: Diphenhydramine(dph), benadryl, (diphenhydramine) is an antihistaminic having an Atropine like effect, i.e. In asthma is dries up secretions in the bronchi ( the respiratory pipes), thus it worsens asthma. In glaucoma it can precipitate an acute angle closure glaucoma, yes it is unwise to use it. On other side effect is lethargy and in pregnancy it is also unwise to unnecessarily sedate the fetus. So, yes yes yes.

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Please explain why is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?

Please explain why is diphenhydramine contraindicated in narrow angle glaucoma, acute asthma and pregnancy?

Side effects: Antihistamines like Diphenhydramine have side effects that effect a certain part of the nervous system (cholinergic) which would cause bronchoconstriction, and further closing of the "angle" in glaucoma (angle closure type). If you must take an antihistamine, speak to your physician about antihistamines that do not or minimally affect this system. Good luck.

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I had an acute asthma attack, administered oxygen, morphine, and 3 other meds, enlarged heart. Should i take oxygen?

I had an acute asthma attack, administered oxygen, morphine, and 3 other meds, enlarged heart. Should i take oxygen?

No: O2 should be prescribed by a pulmonary physician after finding that your o2 levels are low. Low o2 mean severe pulmonary or heart disease. Reason should be investigated. You need to stop smoking asap. It is not helping and is worsening your condition. I suspect you may have a combination of chronic lung disease/ reactive airway/ heart condition. Consult an internist/lung specialist soon.

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Do i need to add maintenance and rescue steroids to singulair (montelukast) if i've never had an acute asthma attack but have uncomfortable breathing on exertion?

Do i need to add maintenance and rescue steroids to singulair (montelukast) if i've never had an acute asthma attack but have uncomfortable breathing on exertion?

Asthma: Did your doctor test you for asthma and confirmed the diagnosis? If so, i would follow the instruction for the inhalers since ~5, 000 people die from asthma attacks and ~500, 000 hospitalizations yearly.

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How does administration of hydrocortisone help after an acute asthma?

How does administration of hydrocortisone help after an acute asthma?

Reduced inflammation: Oral corticosteroids reduce airway inflammation which leads to improvements in symptoms and lung function. Hydrocortisone is typically not used for this due its short half life. Prednisone or Prednisolone are more commonly prescribed.

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Why would a doctor prescribe a nebulizer with abuterol sulfate for home use instead of mdi for acute asthma flare?

Why would a doctor prescribe a nebulizer with abuterol sulfate for home use instead of mdi for acute asthma flare?

Bias: Probably just a treatment bias. If appropriate training is given, the results from using an mdi are just as good as the results from using a nebulizer. There is an old bias that drug delivery was better with a nebulizer, but that has not proven to be true.

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If i'm a heroin addict (snorting) and i was just diagnosed with acute asthma and my doctor out me on prednisone 20 mg twice daily for five days can this harm me... I did two lines of dope today.. And have taken one prednisone pill. Please help me as i'm

If i'm a heroin addict (snorting) and i was just diagnosed with acute  asthma and my doctor out me on prednisone 20 mg twice daily for five days can this harm me... I did two lines of dope today.. And have taken one prednisone pill. Please help me as i'm

Steroids for asthma: ...Are very unlikely to do you any harm, especially at that dose and for short period of time. You need to get help for the heroin habit, which is harmful with or without steroids. Stop killing yourself, and get help. Your asthma needs to be controlled, but your heroin habit is a greater threat to your survival.

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What should I do for asthma attack that won't go away with treatment?

What should I do for asthma attack that won't go away with treatment?

Consider 911: Asthma is a common disease, but it does kill over 3, 000 people in the us every year. Make sure to use your rescue inhaler medication (albuterol), but if you continue to have trouble you likely need emergency care. Better to be safe than sorry.

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What is a possible treatment for asthma?

What is a possible treatment for asthma?

Various: There are various categories and brands. Not possible to describe all here. There are preventive medications and rescue medications.