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What is the difference between being out of breath and asthma attack?

What is the difference between being out of breath and asthma attack?

In an asthma attack.: ...There is actually a difficulty in moving air in and out of the lungs. Someone who is out of breath simply takes many normal deep breaths. ...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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Asthma attack during a run in the middle of the woods. Sx: shortness of breath, wheezing (in/out), coughing. Stop or run out of woods? No inhaler.

Asthma attack during a run in the middle of the woods. Sx: shortness of breath, wheezing (in/out), coughing. Stop or run out of woods? No inhaler.

Stop and walk out&: Stop and walk out of the woods, and go directly to where your inhalers and/or nebuliser are.If you can not get to it, go to the nearest emergency department. You need a bronchodilator and inhaled or oral steroids. ...Read more

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I was woken last night my my coughing and then i couldn't get my breath, was like a asthma attack?

I was woken last night my my coughing and then i couldn't get my breath, was like a asthma attack?

Bad coughing fit.: The feeling that your couldn't breath is concerning. If you still feel as though you have trouble breathing, please get urgent help. Doubt that you just developed asthma but there are many conditions to worry about including: sleep apnea, pertussis, tonsillitis, epiglottitis, abscess (tonsillar/pharyngeal), and infections lower in the airways or lung (like bronchitis or pneumonia). Best of luck! ...Read more

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It has been 5 days since my asthma attack and It's still hard to get a satisfying breath. Is that normal?

It has been 5 days since my asthma attack and It's still hard to get a satisfying breath. Is that normal?

Not normal: Asthma management depends on the severity of your asthma and which medications you have been prescribed. If you are following your doctor's recommendations and are still feeling short of breath, a visit to his/her office for evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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What can I do durin an asthma attack to help me to breath while I am waiting for inhailer to work ands how can you tell if it is an emergency ?

Peak flow: The rescue inhaler should work pretty fast, if it doesn't go to the er or call 911. A good gauge to how bad your asthma attack is will be your peak flow, if it is in the red it is an emergency. ...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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I have had shortness of breath for 4 months, it never goes away fully. No coughing or wheezing. Can an asthma attack last for 4 months, what else?

I have had shortness of breath for 4 months, it never goes away fully. No coughing or wheezing. Can an asthma attack last for 4 months, what else?

Yes: But you will need to consult your doctor to make sure that asthma is the cause since there are many other causes for shortness of breath. ...Read more