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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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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 to do if someones having an asthma attack?

What to do if someones having an asthma attack?

See below: You should immediately use your short acting (rescue) inhaler and head to the emergency room. ...Read more

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If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

Not easy: It can certainly result in a feeling of panic if you cannot breathe because of an asthma attack. So it is important to have a doctor examine you during an attack. By the exam or by testing it can be determined which came first. For instance, with asthma the doctor would probably hear wheezing during your attack. The oxygen level in your blood might be low. ...Read more

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What can I use to know if what i'm having is an asthma attack or an anxiety attack?

What can I use to know if what i'm having is an asthma attack or an anxiety attack?

Complicated: The issue is more complicated since anxiety itself may trigger asthma. People with anxiety attack often complain of shakiness sweating, and palpitation which do not usually occur with a mild asthma attack. ...Read more

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What to do incase of an asthma attack?

What to do incase of an asthma attack?

Rescue inhaler: Take your rescue inhaler (albuterol, proair, ventolin, xopenex) 2-6 puffs if you're having an attack. You can give it up to three times, 20 minutes apart, but if your symptoms do not improve, you should immediately go see a doctor for further evaluation. If your attacks are frequent, schedule a visit to your physician who can recommend maintenance medications to alleviate your symptoms. ...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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What to do if i'm having an asthma or heart attack?

What to do if i'm having an asthma or heart attack?

Inhaler vs ER: If you have an asthma attack, use an inhaler (if that was given to you by your doctor) If you have a heart attack, you belong in the ER. HOWEVER: this is not the right question to be asking on the Internet, but you need a diagnosis and evaluation by your doctor ...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 if I'm having an asthma attack and laryngospasm simultaneously what is the best tfeatment?

Nebulizer: Nebulizer using a bronchodilator such as Albutrol mixed with normal saline will help both with the asthma and the cool mist will help with the laryngospasm. If you don't already own a nebulizer, talk to you doctor about getting one. If you are in distress right now, go to the ER. ...Read more

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How to stop an asthma attack with an inhaler?

How to stop an asthma attack with an inhaler?

2puffs : An attack is usually cleared with 2 puffs of a short acting bronchodilator (such as albuterol). It is best to wait at least 1 minute between puffs. If you need the rescue inhaler frequently, you will need mediacal attention. If you need to use a short acting bronchodilator other than before exercise more than twice a week, you would need a preventative medication such as an inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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How to tell if you're having an asthma attack?

How to tell if you're having an asthma attack?

See your doctor: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. He/she can test for asthma. ...Read more

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How to tell when you're about to have an asthma attack?

How to tell when you're about to have an asthma attack?

Asthma attack: Asthma is a lung disorder -the lungs become inflamed and the airways become narrow from the inflammation. Symptoms include coughing at night, where it makes sleeping uncomfortable; a whistling sound in your chest (wheezing); chest tightness; and/or shortness of breath - where it feels like you can't catch your breath. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/ ...Read more

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What should I do if having an asthma attack and do not have an inhaler?

What should I do if having an asthma attack and do not have an inhaler?

Get help!: For some patients asthma attacks can be life-threatening. If you don't have any rescue inhalers nearby, then you should get assistance. Most urgent cares, ers, and clinics have simple albuterol on hand, but if symptoms are severe, then you should go to the er. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?

Coughing: Asthma attacks and panic attacks share some characteristics - shortness of breath, chest discomfort, increasing heart rate & anxiety. Coughing accompanies these symptoms in asthma and is not usually present in an anxiety attack. ...Read more

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How can you stop an asthma attack with no inhaler?

How can you stop an asthma attack with no inhaler?

Inhaler: Always have an inhaler. I have seen many people de because of no inhaler. First thing an ambulance will give you is albuterol. ...Read more

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What to do during a panic attack?

What to do during a panic attack?

Bring it on ; then..: If u feel panic attack coming on or if u're in situation that might bring one on, try this: let it come! actually let it happen! so if u feel one coming on tell urself "i can handle it -even though it won't feel good!" and before one comes or while it's happening 1) do slow "belly breathing"; ; 2) alternate between squeezing ; relaxing different muscle groups. U'll learn u have control over them! ...Read more

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What should an asthmatic do after an overdose?

What should an asthmatic do after an overdose?

Overdose: You can call the poison control hotline for free 24/7 at 1-800-222-1222. Depending on type of overdose you may be instructed to seek emergency medical care. ...Read more

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I can't tell if this is an asthma attack or a panic attack. Please help?

I can't tell if this is an asthma attack or a panic attack. Please help?

Sensation differs: In panic, an individual usually gets a sensation that they can't catch their breath and often takes rapid, short breaths. It feels hard to INhale, and there may be a squeak noted in the upper windpipe. Episode usually preceded by sighing, feeling a lump in throat. In asthma, EXhaing is prolonged, due to narrow small airways and causes wheezing. May cough. Progress to both IN and EXhalation ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have asthma that flares up during any kind of physical fitness. Can i work out without having an asthma attack?

What do you suggest if I have asthma that flares up during any kind of physical fitness. Can i work out without having an asthma attack?

Asthma: Some people with asthma need to take their rescue inhaler 15 minutes before exercise .Discuss this with your doctor,to see if this is right for you, and you could request an asthma action plan as well.This will give you an idea of what do in certain situations relating to your asthma ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Asthma Exacerbation In Children (Definition)

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