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What should I do if I have no inhaler and am having an asthma attack?

What should I do if I have no inhaler and am having an asthma attack?

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

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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What should I do if having an asthma attack and do not have an inhaler?

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

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Is it normal to feel socially uncomfortable for having an asthma attack?

Is it normal to feel socially uncomfortable for having an asthma attack?

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

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What do doctors usually give you to take when you are having an asthma attack?

What do doctors usually give you to take when you are having an asthma attack?

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 (montelukast) can also help. ...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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How can I tell whether my 10 yo is having an asthma attack or anaphylaxis? Thanks!

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