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Why are patients with asthma attacks told to breath with puckered lips?

Why are patients with asthma attacks told to breath with puckered lips?

Pursed lip breathing: What you are describing is called pursed lip breathing. It is a manuever that helps the airways stay open longer when someone is suffering from asthma or copd. ...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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How can pursed lip breathing reduce the symptoms of an asthma attack?

Obstruction...: In an asthma attack, there is airway obstruction so expiration becomes difficult and, eventually, there is an increase in carbon dioxide since it can't be expired. Pursed lip breathing prolongs the expiratory phase of respiration so that, potentially, more air and carbon dioxide can be exhaled. That way, there is more room for oxygen to be inhaled. ...Read more

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For 4.5 weeks have had: asthma attacks no reason, headache, naseau, chest and back pain, pale face lips nails, congestion, phlegm, cough sore throat?

For 4.5 weeks have had: asthma attacks no reason, headache, naseau, chest and back pain, pale face lips nails, congestion, phlegm, cough sore throat?

Infection: You should visit your doctor as soon as possible. It sounds like you might have an infection and if it has been going on for so long you might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is pursed lip breathing and how does it help a patient who has asthma?

What is pursed lip breathing and how does it help a patient who has asthma?

See below: I think i may have answered this before - it provides another level of higher resistance at the pursed lips so it alleviates the resistance in the bronchial tubes caused by asthma, as air flows through the path of least resistance. ...Read more

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What is pursed lip breathing and how can it help patients suffering from asthma?

What is pursed lip breathing and how can it help patients suffering from asthma?

See below: Asthma is a disease of the small airways getting constricted and not allowing air to get out. By adding another level of obstruction at the pursed lips, this makes it easier for the airways to open up to overcome the added resistance. Hope this makes sense. ...Read more

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Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

Can you have dysfunction breathing patterns without asthma/COPD etc? Would pursed lip breathing help retrain your body out of DSPs?

DSPs??: Sorry I don't know what you mean by DSPs. Pursed lip breathing is sometimes seen with copd as an involuntary means of maintaining positive pressure in the airways to avoid collapse of the tiny air sacs during expiration. In the absence of lung or neuromuscular disease anxiety may be the reason for irregular breathing patterns. ...Read more

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How to detect asthma symptoms and treatment for frequent chapped bleeding lips?

How to detect asthma symptoms and treatment for frequent chapped bleeding lips?

Unclear question.: These are not related conditions. However nasal blockage from allergic rhinitis can lead to chapped bleeding lips from mouth-breathing and/or lip-licking. ...Read more

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I feel heaviness on my chest, it's supposedly my asthma acting up again. Well I'm a bit concerned of how to tell my mom, because she's listened to see if I had fluids in my lungs by hearing me take in deep breaths, and my lips are it's natural color. She'

I feel heaviness on my chest, it's supposedly my asthma acting up again. Well I'm a bit concerned of how to tell my mom, because she's listened to see if I had fluids in my lungs by hearing me take in deep breaths, and my lips are it's natural color. She'

Asthma without wheez: While there are many causes of SOB OR DIFFICULTY breathing you can just feel tight in chest and hard to breathe and no wheeze. Tell your mom this. To learn how to find and treat the cause visit us at www.ehacstl.com. Hope you find it useful ...Read more

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I heart & lung & asthma. My breathing has been a problem today. My lip keep tingling & short dizzy spells. What do you think is the problem? Not wafin

I heart & lung & asthma. My breathing has been a problem today. My lip keep tingling & short dizzy spells. What do you think is the problem? Not wafin

Problem: Based on what you report I strongly urge you to have someone drive you to the nearest Emergency facility as soon as possible. Should be controlled before too long. Wish you well. ...Read more