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What are the different breathing treatments that are available?

What are the different breathing treatments that are available?

Three Main Classes: There are three main classes of breathing treatments: 1. Short acting agents (albuterol, ipratropium, levalbuterol) 2. Longer acting agents that cause bronchodilation (salmeterol, tiotropium, formoterol) 3. Inhaled steroids (fluticasone, mometasone, and others) various combinations are used depending on the disease you have and the severity of the disease.

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What are breathing treatments used for?

What are breathing treatments used for?

Breathing treatments: Hello. Breathing treatments are a way to deliver medications into restricted airways. With bronchial edema and inflammation commonly seen in asthma, an aerosolized nebulized albuterol solution will open constricted airways. Other medications can be delivered in this method also. It is the preferred method for children and those with an acute infection.

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Why are my son's breathing treatments not working?

Why are my son's breathing treatments not working?

Severity of asthma: Sometimes additional medication may be necessary to stop an asthma attack. Albuterol is standardly used every 4 hours during an acute exacerbation, but additional medication can be needed. If you want a more detailed answer, feel free to request virtual consult to discuss asthma management acutely and preventively.

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I'm curious as to why is my son's breathing treatments not working?

I'm curious as to why is my son's breathing treatments not working?

See doctor: If the breathing treatments are not working, then maybe the dose or frequency needs to be changed. The other possibility is that other medicine(s) need to added to get the desired results.

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How can I get my baby to better stay still during breathing treatments?

How can I get my baby to better stay still during breathing treatments?

Distraction: Sometimes nothing works but certainly distraction with common things your baby may like such as reading, videos, singing or just be soothing and reassuring with him/her. Be crafty sometimes you can let them help in the process and sometimes you just have to do it! eventually most will settle down and accept it.

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How can I get my baby to better cooperate (stay still) during breathing treatments?

How can I get my baby to better cooperate (stay still) during breathing treatments?

Distraction: Anybody who has done a nebulizer knows it's a noisy, scary thing. It vibrates, and sounds like a jet engine. Plus there's steam, and while all this is upsetting the baby, you're going to go cover her face with it. Most babies will calm after awhile as they realize when all this happens their breathing gets easier, but at first, simple distraction is the only trick, with music, tv, puppets, etc.

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Will breathing treatments cause a headache?

Will breathing treatments cause a headache?

Yes: If you are talking about albuterol nebulizer treatments for your asthma, then headache is among common central nervous system side effects of albuterol. More commonly, albuterol causes nervousness and tremor.

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How are breathing treatments administered in the icu?

Vent or no vent: In the ICU breathing treatments are administered the same way as when a patient is on a hospital ward unless the patient is on a ventilator. When they are on the vent the treatment is administered through the mechanical tubing.

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I think I have bronchitis, when I was younger I took breathing treatments. its worse now?

I think I have bronchitis, when I was younger I took breathing treatments. its worse now?

Mgt follow up: Childhood respiratory conditions may be related to chronic lung disease. More details can be provided during an appointment booked online at healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ

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How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

How often do I need breathing treatments for COPD spasms?

As often to get well: It depends on the severity. Either albuterol or xopenex (levalbuterol) is given every one, two or four hours until you are no longer short of breath. Other meds may be necessary including steroids, antibiotics and supplemental oxygen.

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shortness of breath. Tried inhalers and breathing treatments but no success. What do i do?

 shortness of breath. Tried inhalers and breathing treatments but no success. What do i do?

Shortness of breath: Hi, you need evaluation by a good physician to figure out the underline cause of your shortness of breath, there are too many causes for SOB including lung disease, heart disease, muscle weakness, anemia and etc. The inhalers could be useful for Asthma, COPD and some allergies but not treating the other causes of SOB. Good luck.

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Is it possible for albuterol breathing treatments to cause thrush?

Is it possible for albuterol breathing treatments to cause thrush?

Unlikely: There is nothing in this medication that would bring the yeast germ to you & cause the problem.However, if you use equipment (reservoir, mouthpiece, etc) that is contaminated, the equipment could be a source. Equipment should be properly cleaned & sanitized at regular intervals & changed when they become visibly worn.

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How often can I give my 2 1/2 year old child albuteral breathing treatments?

How often can I give my 2 1/2 year old child albuteral breathing treatments?

Albuterol : Albuterol is known as a rescue drug and in a hospital setting it is sometimes given every 2-3 hours. At home give it every 4-6 hours and if you have to give it more often then call your pediatrician immediately.

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I have a 3 month old baby boy and he has bronchitis he is on breathing treatments after 4 days and not getting any better?

I have a 3 month old baby boy and he has bronchitis he is on breathing treatments after 4 days and not getting any better?

But is he stable?: Lower airway inflammation like you have with bronchitis is unlikely to resolve within days on any form of treatment. The breathing treatments help wet the airways and decrease the thickness of debris and mucous. Most kids with bronchitis will gradually improve over a week to 2 wks.Some may cough for a month.If the kid is wetting diapers every 6h and resting some, he is stable, if not get re-ck.

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4yr with asthma been giving breathing treatments every 4 hours as directed, his cough is still continuous non-stop what can I do?

4yr with asthma been giving breathing treatments every 4 hours as directed, his cough is still continuous non-stop what can I do?

Asthma: It seems the asthma is not controlled and the medication in the treatments is not enough to control it now. If you have a walk in clinic open late or a close by er take him, he needs stronger medications to control it.

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I have allergies and take singular I am having a hard time breathing any thing else i can do I also take breathing treatments when i get this bad -any advise

I have allergies and take singular I am having a hard time
breathing any thing else i can do I also take breathing treatments when i get this bad -any advise

Singulair (montelukast) : Singulair (montelukast) is probably not enough to control your symptoms.Would see an allergist or pulmonary specialist-get breathing test-and evaluation.You will likely need an inhaled steroid or a combination product depending on how severe your symptoms are.

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My 6 month old has RSV and when i give him breathing treatments he coughs a lot but can't get it up..What can I do to help him cough it up?

My 6 month old has RSV and when i give him breathing treatments he coughs a lot but can't get it up..What can I do to help him cough it up?

Mgt: At this age babies are not able to spit out sputum. They typically will swallow their secretions. If the cough worsens, or if he seems to be having problems breathing, a follow up appt is indicated. RSV can linger, but mild cases typically resolve within 10 days.

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