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What To Do When Someone Is Having An Asthma Attack
What are some tips to help someone having an asthma attack while waiting for an ambulance or after giving them their meds?
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
Bronchodilators etc.: An asthma patient has episodes of bronchoconstriction (airways tighten up) plus swelling of the airways & increased mucus. Inhalers like albuterol relax & open up airways; inhalers like Flovent (steroid) prevent or decrease swelling & mucus. In more severe attacks, extra oxygen is given, as well as oral or injectable steroids (prednisolone). Preventive medicines like singulair can also help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Normal, yes;: Some people feel awkward if they so much as sneeze in public. Should you feel uncomfortable? Absolutely not. No shame in fighting for breath. ...Read more
Calm: Try to calm down if excited, take long breaths through your nose, sit upright, contact 911 (emergency) if possible. If you are in an area where you know what may have triggered your attack, move away from the possible trigger. ...Read more
What can I do if my sister is weezing and can't realy breath can she be sick or having an asthma attack ?
See below: She needs to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
I think im having an asthma attack (im going to the doctors to find out if I have asthma in a few days), can I use an inhaler even though im not sure?
Can be tough : Asthma is a condition that is confined to the lungs; anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that can involve the lungs (wheeze or cough), a closing up of the throat, swelling of the lips, and vomiting, to name a few. Either condition is serious. Do not hesitate to call 911 if you are unable to tell if your son is having an asthma attack versus anaphylaxis. Always "err" on the side of safety. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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