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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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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

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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?

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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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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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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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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How will I die from an asthma attack if I will to left it untreated?

How will I die from an asthma attack if I will to left it untreated?

Asthma death: All asthma patients even mild are at risk for fatal asthma. Proper treatment and monitoring reduces that risk. Asthma death is usually a result of respiratory failure or complications related to its treatment. While it is often unpredictable, at times there are signs leading up to this. If you have frequent wheezing or albuterol use do not wait to get help from your dr. Or the er! ...Read more

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I have asthma would I get a bad asthma attack if I were to try weed?

Yes very likely: Yes it is very likely will cause an asthma attack whether you smoke weed or tobacco cigarretes
i will advice against it. ...Read more

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Please explain what do I do if I see someone having an asthma attack?

Please explain what do I do if I see someone having an asthma attack?

Severe call 911: If moderate and the patient is doing 'ok' use the rescue inhaler and when stable should call primary md. Should rescue inhalers not work 911 or er
if severe attack and lots of trouble breathing call 911. Asthma may be fatal in some cases. ...Read more

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I'm not sure if I am experiencing an asthma attack or if it's related to ragweed?

Asthma: Asthma is very common to be triggered by allergies, so if you are coughing bad, wheezing or feeling chest tightness, then yes the ragweed can exacerbate these symptoms. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have asthma would I have a bad asthma attack if I were to try weed?

What should I do if I have asthma would I have a bad asthma attack if I were to try weed?

Yes: Smoking and asthma is never a good combination. One with asthma should anticipate having significant asthma symptoms after smoking anything. ...Read more

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I'm concerned about exercise. I haven't had an asthma attack ever though, so is this asthma?

Sorry, but you did: Not tell us anything about the episode you believe might have been an asthmatic attack. You can either clarify ; re-ask question or you can see your physician to check you out. Take care. ...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 Vicks vapour run help asthma attack?

Can Vicks vapour run help asthma attack?

Unlikely to help: The irritant nature of this material is more likely to aggravate this process than help. ...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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Is it possible to induce an asthma attack?

Is it possible to induce an asthma attack?

Yes: Some physicians used to test for asthma with what is called a methacholine or histamine challenge test. These chemicals when inhaled in an asthmatic would cause bronchoconstriction of the airways at lower levels of the drugs than non-asthmatics. This is not done much (maybe not at all) anymore. Now asthma is generally diagnosed through clinical means - history and symptoms and reactions. ...Read more

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How does asthma attack affect spo2 level?

Rarely: Your asthma will have to reach a life-threatening degree of severity before the pO2 would be noticeably reduced. An overwhelming % of asthma attacks is not associated with decreased pO2 level. ...Read more

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What are the after effects of asthma attack?

Not too much: Unlike copd, after an asthma attack, your lungs go back to the way they were before the attack. People who have chronic attacks and do not use a "controller" do run the risk of declining lung function due to chronic inflammation that is not alleviated. ...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

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Can you stop an asthma attack without an inhaler?

Can you stop an asthma attack without an inhaler?

BRONCHIAL ASTHMA: It depends on how severe the attack of asthma. It is dangerous not to carry with you an inhaler, you can die from the attack without inhaler. Mild attacks can stop with just taking cough syrup. ...Read more

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When do I need to take advair after asthma attack?

When do I need to take advair after asthma attack?

Not a rescue drug: Advair is a combination drugs used as a "controller" in asthma and COPD. You should be taking it on a regular basis not after an attack. Your rescue inhaler (ie albuterol) should be used only when you are having an attack.
Talk over an asthma plan with your physician. So you know exactly when and how to use each drug.
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How can you stop an asthma attack with no inhaler?

Inhaler: Always have an inhaler. I have seen many people de because of no inhaler. First thing an ambulance will give you is albuterol. ...Read more

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I have allergen asthma attack is bad, , whatis ido?

You go to the ER: A "bad asthma" attack is best managed by lots of albuterol and by calling 911 or going to the nearest emergency room. Once stabilized, consider effective asthma maintenance treatment consisting of ltra, laba, anti-histamines and steroids. The allergen should be identified and avoided. Your doctor may have to enlist the assistance of a pulmonologist or immunologist to best manage your asthma. ...Read more

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What must I do if I have an asthma attack on a plane?

Use rescue med: Use your rescue inhaler, just as you would if you were not on the plane. Let the flight attendant know if you are not getting relief with the inhaler. ...Read more

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