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What do doctors usually give you to take when you are having an asthma attack?

What do doctors usually give you to take when you are having an asthma attack?

Bronchodilators etc.: An asthma patient has episodes of bronchoconstriction (airways tighten up) plus swelling of the airways & increased mucus. Inhalers like albuterol relax & open up airways; inhalers like Flovent (steroid) prevent or decrease swelling & mucus. In more severe attacks, extra oxygen is given, as well as oral or injectable steroids (prednisolone). Preventive medicines like singulair (montelukast) can also help. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Doctors, do you think I can die from having an asthma attack while sleeping?

Doctors, do you think I can die from having an asthma attack while sleeping?

Unlikely....: Symptoms of an asthma exacerbation include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, etc. These symptoms will awaken you or cause you not to be able to fall asleep in the first place. If you experience shortness of breath, see your doctor ASAP or go to the ER. ...Read more

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If someone stopped breathing during an asthma attack what would the doctors do for them?

If someone stopped breathing during an asthma attack what would the doctors do for them?

VEry Dangerous: If one were to stop breathing during an asthma attack then very aggressive invasive procedures would be done to save that persons life. Most likely that person would be inutubated, have a breathing tube placed in their airway, so that they could be mechanically ventilated. Depending upon others clinical conditions of pt more maneuvers would be done as well. ...Read more

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At what stage of asthma should I call my doctor regarding my asthma attack?

At what stage of asthma should I call my doctor regarding my asthma attack?

Asthma action plan: If you have asthma, you should develop an asthma action plan with your physician. Based on your peak flow readings, you both will develop a course of action to follow. If you have one follow it , if you don't get one ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does the hospital do if you go for an asthma attack?

Can doctors tell me what does the hospital do if you go for an asthma attack?

Treatments: You get treatments with a nebulizer machine, rehydration, and other intravenous medications such as steroids and sometimes antibiotics. In some serious cases they use a machine to help you breathe. ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the difference between an asthma attack and anxiety attack?

Can any doc tell me what's the difference between an asthma attack and anxiety attack?

May feel similar: During an asthma attack there is narrowing of small airways leading to cough, wheezing, chest tightness and/or short of breath. This can lead to a person feeling very anxious (can't breathe). Similarly, anxiety can trigger an asthma attack. Anxiety/panic attack is usually associated with hyperventilation. Vocal cord dysfunction can lead to difficulty on inspiration and be confused with both. ...Read more