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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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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 vital signs change during a severe asthma attack?

How do vital signs change during a severe asthma attack?

Vital signs...: In a severe asthma exacerbation, the heart rate increases and the level of oxygen decreases. The blood pressure is variable. If infection is present, there may be a fever. The respiratory rate is high. ...Read more

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Is social withdrawal normal during a severe asthma attack?

Is social withdrawal normal during a severe asthma attack?

Asthma: When the attack subsides, there can be fear of having another attack, leading to anticipatory anxiety and avoidance. ...Read more

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Why would pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Why would  pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen...: During an asthma exacerbation the body is trying to get enough oxygen via the blood to all critical organs. So, by increasing the respiratory rate, more oxygen can enter the body via the lungs. By increasing the heart rate, more blood can be circulated so more oxygen can be delivered. Both are compensation mechanisms the body uses to insure adequate oxygen delivery. ...Read more

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Why would blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Why would blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen & stress: The respiratory rate increases due to low oxygen in the blood. The increase in pulse and BP are the body's response to stress. ...Read more

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I have severe asthma that is not under control but i want to lose weight. Every time i exercise I have an asthma attack what can I do?

I have severe asthma that is not under control but i want to lose weight. Every time i exercise I have an asthma attack what can I do?

Gain asthma control: Congratulations on wanting to exercise and lose weight! see an asthma expert such as allergist or pulmonologist. There are many medications available, strategies to avoid triggers and evaluations to check for other issues that worsen asthma to get you back on track. Don't give up on exercise! ...Read more

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I have never had an inhaler and my last severe asthma attack was 4 years ago. I'm doing better now. Can you recommend any remedies for asthma?

I have never had an inhaler and my last severe asthma attack was 4 years ago. I'm doing better now. Can you recommend any remedies for asthma?

If no symptoms noRX: If you have not had any symptoms of asthma for four years and have not needed any inhalers, you do not need any inhalers or oral meds at this time you should refrain from smoking and avoid even second hand smoke if asthma symptoms like cough, wheezing, breathing problems start you will have to go back on your inhalers. ...Read more

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I have lung pain after severe asthma attack?

I have lung pain after severe asthma attack?

Needs to be checked: You are being treated for severe asthma and have pain which you describe as lung pain, probably pain in the chest. It needs to be checked and you may need a chest xray or cat scan to find out the cause of your pain it may be pain in the chest wall, coming from pleura or lungs. ...Read more

Epipen (Definition)

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