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What should I do if someone is having an asthma attack?

What should I do if someone is having an asthma attack?

See doctor: If this someone does not have a rescue inhaler , you need to get this person to see a doctor or head to urgent care if the degree of shortness of breath is severe or getting worse. On the way t the doctor, a cup or two of coffee may provide marginal relief. ...Read more

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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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 should I do if there is someone who is being attack by asthma without an inhaler?

Call for help early: During asthma attack healthy people often increase their breathing rate to keep up with oxygen and breathing demands. This can only go on for so long until people get tired ("respiratory fatigue"), so i would say get them to help and assist them. Have them sit down, lean forward to breath and support them. Call for emergency health. Keep them away from smoke and heavy perfumes. ...Read more

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How to know if you are having an asthma attack?

Wheezing?: Wheezing , shortness of breath , chest tightness, and chronic cough (especially with exercise) in various combinations. However other diseases may mimic asthma and you should see your doctor soon. ...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 happen if you have an asthma attack?

Mild to death: If the asthma attack is mild , you may get over it on your own. If it is severe, you may die from it. It is always a good idea to check with your family doctor who will be able to get a more accurate history and likely obtain a lung function test on you to assess the severity of your disease this in turn will determine the type of treatment required. ...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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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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What can you do for someone who is having a heart attack before the ambulance gets there?

What can you do for someone who is having a heart attack before the ambulance gets there?

Rest + aspirin: Try to keep them calm- have them lie down. If you have an aspirin, have them chew and swallow it as Aspirin is probably the single most effective way to treat a heart attack and is very safe. ...Read more

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How do you know if someone is having a panic attack?

How do you know if someone is having a panic attack?

Medical Eval: Panic attacks can develop rapidly ; include: marked anxiety; rapid, pounding heart beat; chest tightness or pain; shortness of breath with hyperventilation; hot or cold flashes; a sense of butterflies in the stomach, nausea or even vomiting; tingling of mouth or extremities; increased sweating; feeling faint or lightheaded; headache or shaking. There may be difficulty swallowing or tight throat;. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm only a teenager, is it possible for me to have an heart attack!?

What to do if i'm only a teenager, is it possible for me to have an heart attack!?

Not like old folks: If you have progeria, the advanced aging syndrome, you might have a heart attack as a teen. You don't, so look to what causes chest pain for teens. Most have heartburn, which is a common term for the pain that happens at your stomach entrance from irritation. Caffeine, carbonated beverages, acidic drinks, spicy foods & occasionally viral infections can trigger this. Take some Tums & talk with doc ...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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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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How to know you are having an anxiety attack.

How to know you are having an anxiety attack.

Panic attacks often: last 2 to 10 mins. Possible sx’s: severe anxiety/panic, chest tightness/pain, rapid or pounding heartbeat, areas of numbness or pins & needles type sensation, hot flashes or chills & ^ perspiration. There may be tickle sensation in stomach or nausea, feeling dizzy or faint & physical shaking. The person may fear that they are going crazy, are out of control or that they are about to die. There > ...Read more

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What should I do if someone is having a heart attack besides call 911? What should I do if i'm having a heart attack?

What should I do if someone is having a heart attack besides call 911? What should I do if i'm having a heart attack?

Calm, aspirin: 911 most important. If available have them chew (works faster) 1-2 aspirin. Try to keep them comfortable and calm. If they become unresponsive and start cpr. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm having a heart attack?

What to do if i'm having a heart attack?

Call 911 immediately: If you think you are having a heart attack, time is of the essence. See medical attention right away. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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