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What is an asthma attack?

What is an asthma attack?

Exacerbation...: An asthma "attack" is an acute exacerbation of asthma caused by bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways. These exacerbations are recurrent but patients are often completely normal between attacks. Symptoms during the episode include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath. Patients may have low oxygen levels during the attack. Patients with these symptoms need immediate eval. ...Read more

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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 causes an asthma attack?

What causes an asthma attack?

Many triggers: Asthma starts with inflammation of the airways. That inflammation can be triggered by many exposures, such as allergies, infections, and weather changes. Irritants like cigarette smoke and dust can also start an asthma attack. Exercise for many people can also cause symptoms. In the last few years, acid reflux has been recognized as a cause for asthma. Avoiding & controlling these prevents attacks. ...Read more

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How will I know what does an asthma attack feel like?

How will I know what does an asthma attack feel like?

Different things: Some people experience asthma as breathlessness or feeling starved for air, others chest tightness or chest pain, and still others hear or feel the wheezing in their chest. A few people only have cough, although they are the minority. When severe, there is usually little doubt about the diagnosis, but milder forms can sometimes be difficult to sort out. ...Read more

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How will i know what does an asthma attack feel like and what does it feel like before the attack?

How will i know what does an asthma attack feel like and what does it feel like before the attack?

Terrible. : Asthma attacks are usually fairly quick in onset, though if you're asthma is not well-related it may be hard to tell what's an attack and what is just uncontrolled asthma. Symptoms are usually shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness, feeling like it's hard to get air out of your chest, and you may hear wheezing. If these start abruptly, you may need prompt medical attention. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can mild asthma attack feels and look like?

Can you tell me what can mild asthma attack feels and look like?

Varies: Asthma will cause symptoms that consist of chest tightness, trouble breathing, coughing, wheezing. These may be mild in nature or can be severe. ...Read more

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What exactly is an asthma attack?

What exactly is an asthma attack?

Difficulty breathing: Asthma is due inflammation in the breathing tubes with mucus -- which causes narrowing of the tubes. It is often caused by allergies. Infection cold air. An allergist can help you figure out the cause and talk to you about an effective treatment plan. ...Read more

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What can trigger an asthma attack?

Many things : Anything from cold air to animal dander to anything you may have allergies to. The best thing is to get tested by your physician. If necessary an allergist or pulmonologist may be needed. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens during an asthma attack.?

Please explain what happens during an asthma attack.?

Inflammation!!: Although an emotional reaction can precipitate bronchospasm, asthma is caused by a chronic inflammation of the airways. This is possibly due to allergy but there are other causes. Increases in inflammation can cause the release of inflammatory mediators that result in bronchospasm with cough, wheeze and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is a aspirated asthma attack

What is a aspirated asthma attack

Asthma attack: You're probably talking about an asthma attack caused by aspiration. This means inhaling something that should have been swallowed like food or stomach contents. This could set off an asthma attack. Aspiration can happen with people with swallowing difficulties such as with a stroke or when someone is intoxicated. ...Read more

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What to do about asthma attacks during intercourse? Full blown asthma attack can't breath good almost all the time unless fan is blowing on me. Coughing that with meds still don't go away all this has been happening for a yr now what to do?

What to do about asthma attacks during intercourse? Full blown asthma attack can't breath good almost all the time unless fan is blowing on me. Coughing that with meds still don't go away all this has been happening for a yr now what to do?

First : First of all, it sounds like your asthma is uncontrolled. There are many different treatment options to decrease the number of asthma attacks that you are experiencing. There are controller medications that can be used daily. These include inhaled steroids that are typically taken once or twice a day. Your doctor will be able to assess your symptoms, and frequency/timing of the attacks, and prescribe you with an appropriate medication regimen. As far as your issue during intercourse, in order to decrease the likelihood of an asthma attack you can take 2 puffs of your rescue inhaler (usually albuterol) 15 minutes prior to intercourse. This should help. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do asthma attacks feel like? What should I do if one happens?

What do asthma attacks feel like? What should I do if one happens?

Tight chest: You get a tight chest, with shortness of breath, and a noisy breathing, like a whistling sounds from your chest. You feel you cannot catch a good breath. You need to respond to it the way your physician has instructed you to do. With a rescue inhaler most importantly and other medications if needed. You need to have a good written plan by your physician addressing this. ...Read more

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What to do to ease asthma attack?

What to do to ease asthma attack?

See below: Use your asthma meds like albuterol for the rescue and then steroids for the reduction of the inflammation. If not helping, see doc asap. ...Read more

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What to do during an asthma attack?

What to do during an asthma attack?

Rescue inhaler: A rescue inhaler (ie albuterol) is probably the best choice. If attacks are frequent and/or severe, an "asthma action plan" should be developed between you and your physician. This will spell out exactly what steps are to be taken. ...Read more

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What happens after a severe asthma attack?

What happens after a severe asthma attack?

Sometimes nothing: Unlike copd, after an asthma attack the person's lung function goes back to normal depending on the person's severity level. ...Read more

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What exactly happens during an asthma attack?

What exactly happens during an asthma attack?

Attack...: During an asthma exacerbation, the inflammatory cascade in the airway is triggered leading to bronchospasm and airway inflammation. The airways become swollen and fill with inflammatory by-products like white blood cells, mucous, etc. Treatment is aimed at relieving the bronchospasm and inflammation. ...Read more

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Asthma took over my life and just don't know what to do have >1 asthma attack/day pefr=150-300?

Asthma took over my life and just don't know what to do have >1 asthma attack/day pefr=150-300?

Daily therapy: You need to follow up with the doctor. You will need to be on a daily treatment regimen of singulair (montelukast) or a steroid inhaler, in addition to a rescue inhaler for the attacks. ...Read more

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What if I have an asthma attack during birth?

What if I have an asthma attack during birth?

It will be treated. : Taking care of asthma is important during pregnancy. Asthma medications are safe to take. Not breathing is not safe. Make sure your doctors and nursing team know you have asthma so that a care plan can be established. There is nothing wrong with getting a breathing treatment during labor. Oxygen is good for you and the baby. ...Read more

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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. ...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

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How does asthma affect labour? What if i get an asthma attack while I am in labour? Is a scheduled cesarean better for me?

How does asthma affect labour? What if i get an asthma attack while I am in labour? Is a scheduled cesarean better for me?

Relax.: Asthma is a common affliction of young women and is seen during pregnancy fairly frequently. Most cases tend to be mild and clinically inconsequential but some cases are more severe or even life-threatening. Consult perinatal anesthesia and maternal-fetal medicine prenatally to formulate the optimal delivery plan. Cesarean section is not necessary just because you have a history of asthma. ...Read more

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Asthma Exacerbation In Children (Definition)

A condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes ...Read more