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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 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 don't have asthma but I get out of breath really quick when I'm excrisong in about 2 minuets?

I don't have asthma but I get out of breath really quick when I'm excrisong in about 2 minuets?

Mild form asthma: There is a very mild form of asthma called Exercise Induced Asthma. Best way to check is to see your MD and get a Peak Flow meter - you puff into it to measure lung strength before exercise - then with symptoms. It can tell you if that's the problem. Also, if you are out of shape and just starting an exercise program this symptom can be possible. Drinks lots of water thru day before exercising. ...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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I have asthma and over past coupal of weeks i get out of breath really easy and have started coughing during the night?

I have asthma and over past coupal of weeks i get out of breath really easy and have started coughing during the night?

Check with your doc: Your symptoms are probably the tip of the ice berg. You will probably need increased anti inflammatory medications such as inhaled steroids. Check with your lung doc and ask about pulmonary function testing and electronic peak flow meter, such as piko-1. ...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 ?

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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I'm out of breath walking up stairs. I have an asthma reversibility test tommorrow. What does this consist of?

I'm out of breath walking up stairs. I have an asthma reversibility test tommorrow. What does this consist of?

Breathing test: This test will probably consist of doing a spirometry followed by receiving a bronchodilator and then doing the spirometry again. Based upon the results one 's doc can then understand if there s significant reversibility. ...Read more

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Ever i laugh, i get out of breath i cough, do I have asthma?

Ever i laugh, i get out of breath i cough, do I have asthma?

Probably Not: Not necessarily, while laughing can be a trigger for some asthmatics, getting short of breath after laughing may not mean one has asthma. ...Read more

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Sometimes when im falling to sleep i run out of breath and wake up. Can that be related to asthma.

Sometimes when im falling to sleep i run out of breath and wake up. Can that be related to asthma.

No: The more likely cause is that you are experiencing a gasping arousal from sleep apnea. I would recommend that you talk to your family doctor about this and get a referral to your local sleep disorder specialist. A gasping arousal occurs when you stop breathing and eventually become so shortof breath that you wake up gasping for air. This is quite different from an asthma attack which include symptoms of wheezing generally. The fact that it is very much sleep related would alsospeak for being part of a gasping arousal. ...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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