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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)

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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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?

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?

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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How do I know if i almost had an asthma attack?

Not sure: Not sure what almost had an asthma attack means. One either has an asthma attack or does not. ...Read more

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If an asthma attack last 9 days what should I do?

9 days ?: If your attack is lasting this long you should be checked. Status asthmaticus is a prolonged "attack" and if this is the case you may need more drug therapy than your inhalers can provide. Please do not wait any longer. ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can survive an asthma attack?

Can i tell me how i can survive an asthma attack?

Prevention first: The best way to treat an asthma attack is "before it happens". This means that having an action plan and medications to control asthma is very important. This way severe attacks are usually avoided. If an attack comes on suddenly, relax, use of albuterol (quick relief) and immediate treatment in the er with oxygen can usually reverse an attack. An asthma specialist can develop a plan for you. ...Read more

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How can I most effectively avoid an asthma attack?

Take your meds: Asthma is a disease of chronic airway inflammation. If you take inhaled "controller medications", take them faithfully as prescribed. Keeping your asthma under good baseline control can lessen attacks frequency and severity. Also if you have triggers - cats, smoking, mold, etc - avoid them as much as possible. And if you smoke, quit! ...Read more

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How will I know what does an asthma attack feel like?

How will I know what does an asthma attack feel like?

Different things: Some people experience asthma as breathlessness or feeling starved for air, others chest tightness or chest pain, and still others hear or feel the wheezing in their chest. A few people only have cough, although they are the minority. When severe, there is usually little doubt about the diagnosis, but milder forms can sometimes be difficult to sort out. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an asthma attack in pe today?

Physical ed ?: I assume pe is physical ed. Exercise induced asthma is a condition that only seems to occur during vigorous exercise and not linked to the routine "triggers" of asthma. See you physician and get tested. ...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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How can I help somebody who is having an asthma attack?

How can I help somebody who is having an asthma attack?

Need to go to ER: If someone is having an asthma attack not relieved by their rescue inhaler (albuterol, proair, ventolin) they need immediate attention. They need to be seen by a physician. If they are in immediate distress 911 should absolutely be called. ...Read more

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How to tell when you're about to have an asthma attack?

How to tell when you're about to have an asthma attack?

Asthma attack: Asthma is a lung disorder -the lungs become inflamed and the airways become narrow from the inflammation. Symptoms include coughing at night, where it makes sleeping uncomfortable; a whistling sound in your chest (wheezing); chest tightness; and/or shortness of breath - where it feels like you can't catch your breath. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/ ...Read more

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Can i tell me how i can know if i had an asthma attack?

Can i tell me how i can know if i had an asthma attack?

Hard to answer: Asthma attacks include coughing, tightness in the chest and difficult breathing. However, other conditions can also cause these symptoms. The best way is to be checked by a physician. A good history of your attacks and a simple spirometry test can rule out or confirm asthma. Get checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is it common to die from an asthma attack?

Not necessarily : Though this is a possibility, it not not very common. Today's controller and rescue inhalers- when used properly- have greatly reduced fatalities. ...Read more

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Sometimes I have a coughing asthma attack. What should I do?

Sometimes I have a coughing asthma attack. What should I do?

See your MD: Cough is a very common symptom of asthma. This can be brought on by a cold, allergies, exercise. You should use your rescue inhaler (albuterol) and if frequent, see your md to see if you need more or better treatment to get better asthma control. ...Read more

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What exactly is the most common way to get an asthma attack?

Difficult to answer: Many asthmatics have allergies and exposure to that allergen can trigger an attack. Some have exercise induced asthma or cold air induced. Emotions (laughing, crying, etc) have also been shown to cause an attack. ...Read more

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Why is that i get asthma attack just every night for 7days?

Hard To Say: It is important that you get help from a medical professional. Asthma flare-ups like your can occur when pollen levels change, associated with an infection, or due to stress. Sometimes non-allergic environmental changes like a rise in the level of air pollution or indoor carbon monoxide levels can cause this. ...Read more

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