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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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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 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

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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 when someone is having a heart attack?

What should I do when someone is having a heart attack?

Call 911: Check pulse, alertness do CPR if not give an Aspirin if available and able to swallow get help and get to hospital. ...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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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 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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What should you do when someone has a asthma attack and passes out?

What should you do when someone has a asthma attack and passes out?

Call 911: If so done with asthma or a pulmonary condition has so much difficulty they pass out they need medical attention. This can be a life threatening condition. ...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 to do when having a panic attack?

What to do when having a panic attack?

Panic attacks: If you can find a quiet place - do so. Breath in slowly; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. ...Read more

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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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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 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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Why when I have an asthma attack albuterol does not work, so what should I do if the only thing that helps is deep breathing?

Why when I have an asthma attack albuterol does not work, so what should I do if the only thing that helps is deep breathing?

Vocal cord dysfuncti: You may have vocal cord dysfunction rather than asthma. This is due to constriction of the vocal cords. In asthma, the wheezing usually occurs when you breath out, and abluterol is effective. In vocal cord dysfunction, the wheezing occurs when you breathe in, and albuterol is not effective. Speech therapy is very effective for vocal cord dysfunction. ...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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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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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

Dr. Joseph Bouvier
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Asthma Exacerbation In Children (Definition)

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