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Oximeter is giving a reading of 92 with a pulse of 103 for a 3 year old that has asthma while asleep after xopenex (levalbuterol). Is this normal?Is oxygen too low?

Oximeter is giving a reading of 92 with a pulse of 103 for a 3 year old that has asthma while asleep after xopenex (levalbuterol).  Is this normal?Is oxygen too low?

See below: A pulse ox of 92% indicates a moderate asthma attack. Pulse is normal. More importantly is wether or not your child is responding to treatment. Proper treatment can prevent the attack from becoming severe with a pulse ox <90%. You want to prevent that. CALL YOUR PEDIATRICIAN FOR ADVICE. If unable to reach he/she have your child evaluated in ER/EC ...Read more

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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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Have asthma took otc sinus medicine bp 134/66 pulse 55 is that high usually run 116/62 feel like i have a cold .

Have asthma took otc sinus medicine bp 134/66 pulse 55 is that high usually run 116/62 feel like i have a cold .

Mgt: Coricidin is one choice, and I would recommend nasal saline rinses. Closely monitor your BP and please discontinue the OTC sinus medicine A follow up appointment is advised. ...Read more

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Why does the pulse rate increase during an asthma attack?

Lack of oxygen: Necessitates increased heart rate to deliver whatever oxygen is in the system. ...Read more

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Why would a patients pulse rate increase when they're having an asthma attack?

Why would a patients pulse rate increase when they're having an asthma attack?

See below: Because they can't breathe well, they are hypoxic and the heart compensates by beating faster to get more blood volume through the lungs in the hope of getting it better oxygenated. ...Read more

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Why would pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Why would  pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen...: During an asthma exacerbation the body is trying to get enough oxygen via the blood to all critical organs. So, by increasing the respiratory rate, more oxygen can enter the body via the lungs. By increasing the heart rate, more blood can be circulated so more oxygen can be delivered. Both are compensation mechanisms the body uses to insure adequate oxygen delivery. ...Read more

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Air hunger on and off everyday gets bad, not anxiety. Echocardiogram ok, not asthma, exercise doesnt make worse. Pulse oximter 96-99% Thyroid ok.FBC K?

Air hunger on and off everyday gets bad, not anxiety. Echocardiogram ok, not asthma, exercise doesnt make worse. Pulse oximter 96-99% Thyroid ok.FBC K?

D-dimer?: You need a d-dimer and if elevated, a high resolution CT to rule out pulmonary embolism. You need a metabolic profile (blood work) to rule out metabolic acidosis. I would also get pulmonary function tests with methacholine challenge to rule out occult or inducible asthma. If all is negative, a blood gas during symptoms would be helpful to prove hyperventilation. Rebreathing into a paper bag helps ...Read more

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My son has the flu. His pulse is 140 and rapid breathing. He has asthma so im a little concerned?

My son has the flu. His pulse is 140 and rapid breathing. He has asthma so im a little concerned?

Time to be seen: Sounds like he has developed some respiratory complications which can be serious in Flu.I almost lost a 3 yo last year to flu pneumonia, the first in 30+ years of practice but it does happen.Get moving. ...Read more

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What is a normal pulse ox reading for those with asthma?

What is a normal pulse ox reading for those with asthma?

Around 95%...: Between exacerbations, an asthmatic's pulse ox is normal since airway obstruction in asthma is reversible by definition. During an asthma exacerbation, the airways are obstructed/inflamed to a certain degree depending on the severity of the exacerbation and the pulse ox may decrease. Supplemental oxygen may then be necessary to maintain oxygen delivery to vital organs/tissues. ...Read more

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