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What do I do if a school-aged child has an asthma attack at my house?

What do I do if a school-aged child has an asthma attack at my house?

Asthma: Obtain an asthma action plan from the child's parent, find out what triggers the asthma and keep them away from it at your home, and require them to have their rescue inhalers whenever they visit your home. Worst case scenario, call 911 if they have an attack and you are unsure what to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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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My child has one asthma attack caused by allergy and she will be received a vaccine for it . Can this vaccine kill asthma for ever ?

My child has one asthma attack caused by allergy and she will be received a vaccine for it . Can this vaccine kill asthma for ever ?

Confusing question: There exists no vaccine for an allergy that I know of, although allergy shots sometimes help with the allergy.Although chest tightening and wheezing during a severe allergy event, the injection is adrenalin, not a vaccine. Families carry the drug with them for future attacks in this situation. Not all that wheezes is asthma, especially in kids. I would try to clarify what went on.This is confusing ...Read more

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How soon after stopping prednisone ( for asthma attack )can I give my child the MMR vaccine ?

How soon after stopping prednisone ( for asthma attack )can I give my child the MMR vaccine ?

Wait 30 days: If this was a standard 4-5 day burst of oral steroids for an event, I usually wait 30 days before giving the vaccine. If it was a much longer treatment period an additional delay may be warranted. ...Read more

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For how many months should a child take dry powder inhaler with singular to treat asthma attack where she is suffering from olive pollen allergy ?

For how many months should a child take dry powder inhaler with singular to treat asthma attack  where she is suffering from olive pollen allergy ?

Desensitization: If exposure to the pollen can't be avoided, an allergist may offer desensitization to the pollen, which may help. If exposure to the pollen cannot be avoided, and desensitization is not available or is ineffective, then long-term treatment with bronchodilators may be needed ...Read more

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Can I have an asthma attack even if I am not asthmatic?

Can I have an asthma attack even if I am not asthmatic?

Possible: Asthma is quite a bit genetically predisposed however asthma not uncommonly affects people who have heavy exposure to a chemical or allergen in their occupation. The answer to your question possible but not probable. ...Read more

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What happens if you feel like you're having an asthma attack but you don't have and inhaler?

What happens if you feel like you're having an asthma attack but you don't have and inhaler?

Airway constriction: This airway constriction could then result in collapse and even death. Don't let your inhalers expire and keep them within easy reach. ...Read more

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What is a aspirated asthma attack

What is a aspirated asthma attack

Asthma attack: You're probably talking about an asthma attack caused by aspiration. This means inhaling something that should have been swallowed like food or stomach contents. This could set off an asthma attack. Aspiration can happen with people with swallowing difficulties such as with a stroke or when someone is intoxicated. ...Read more

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How can you prevent the asthma attack?

How can you prevent the asthma attack?

Preventive therapy: The best strategy to prevent asthma attacks is to use an anti-inflammatory medicine on a daily basis as preventive therapy. It will help suppress airway inflammation (which is the root cause of asthma) & prevent symptoms worsening to the point where you have an asthma attack. There is a wide spectrum of asthma severity & you may need different strength of meds based on yr symptoms & pfts. ...Read more

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Can a concave chest affect asthma attack?

It depends...: A concave chest, also known as a pectus deformity, can cause diminished lung function if severe. Usually however, a pectus deformity does not contribute to an asthma attack. It would be helpful to have lung function evaluated before and during an episode to know what the difference is and whether further evaluation by a chest wall surgeon should be pursued. ...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