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What To Do After An Asthma Attack
I was hopitalized last week for 4 days after an asthma attack, why do my joints hurt so bad now? Related?
After an asthma attack, i appear to have a severe headache that lasts a day. What should I do? Also, have noticed an increase in heartburn occurrences as well. What should I do? Are these normal?
See your physician: Heartburn in asthma patients may be due to higher than normal acid reflux from the stomach and/or taking Prednisone for asthma attacks. Some people develop migraines along with allergy; if your asthma attacks are associated with exposure to allergens, that may explain it. Another explanation, that nasal allergy worsens along with your asthma and causes headache, see a board-certified allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maintenance med: Take flovent, advair, or some other asthma maintenance medicine as your first treatment. Asthma attacks occur when your maintenance treatment is overwhelmed and needs the assistance of an immediate-acting med such as albuterol. Avoid allergy and other asthma triggers, like smoke or fumes; and hopefully, then you will be able to avoid asthma attacks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer