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Can a epi pen help during an asthma attack?

Can a epi pen help during an asthma attack?

Depends: Epi pens are used in people who experience severe allergic reactions. The source of the allergy is not really important. If the asthma attack is the direct result of the allergic reaction it may be beneficial. However, "epi" is a non-specific "agonist" whereas your rescue inhaler is specific for the receptors in your lungs and would probably work better with fewer side effects. ...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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Will an epi pen help during a severe asthma attack until I can get medical care?

Will an epi pen help during a severe asthma attack until I can get medical care?

Yes: Epinephrine is old school - that's the way asthma was treated 30 years ago when access to nebulized bronchodilators like albuterol was limited. Another thing you can do in a severe asthma attack while waiting for help to arrive is to take an additional 2 to 4 puffs of your rescue inhaler. Either of these emergency actions will buy time but you need to get to the er or your doctor's office now! ...Read more

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Will an epi-pen be used for an asthma attack?

Not Really: This is for severe allergic asthma attack with anaphylactic shock . For routine asthma attack not really. ...Read more

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Why don't you give epi-pen for acute asthma attack?

Different use: Epi pens are used in people with severe, lifethreatening allergic reactions. Epinephrine is also a non-specific drug in that it stimulates different areas of the body so that side effects are very common anad sometimes dangerous. The rescue inhalers like albuterol are specific for the "receptors" in the lungs and so have little side effects outside that area. ...Read more

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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 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?

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

Epipen (Definition)

Epinephrine is a rhythm control agent which is a ...Read more