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Over-the-counter treatment for Asthma?
Hi!

I have asthma, and a problem--I've been weezing and short of breath since last night, and ran out of my albuterol. I'm currently in a different state than my doctor and can't refill my subscription.

Do any of you know of an over-the-counter treatment for Asthma that might help? It's not a full on attack, just shortness of breath and a little weezing...
LaLaLady
02/06/08
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  OTC asthma inhalers are either very short lasting (a few minutes) or too low a dose to be affective..

Those prescribed inhalers are better.. Go consult a GP and get a new prescription from him..
nimbusadjust
02/06/08
I have a question for asthmatics?
I was reading up on Asthma and the symptoms are too general. So, what are your common symptoms, specifically?



PS
Are their any over-the-counter inhalers/treatment(s) for Asthma?
Nikki
06/07/11
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  Difficulty breathing, like to take a deep breath it takes longer to get all the air in. Even then, if doesn't feel like you've inhaled all the way, like something is stopping you before you finish the inhalation.

During an asthma attack, you get very tired because you can't get enough oxygen in.

There is only one over-the-counter inhaler and it's going to be pulled from the shelves soon. They are changing the formula so it doesn't have chorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants.

So it might be awhile before it comes back again.

fyi albuterol is not a steroid but albuterol is what you need, it opens up the airways so you can breathe again. Primatene is similar.

People also take corticosteroids sometimes called qvar or pulmicort. But these re not over-the-counter medications.
nochocolate
06/07/11
Am I having panic attacks in my sleep or asthma? Confused, please help?
I wake up in the morning with what feels like I am having a bad asthma attack. Shortness of breath to the point I use my inhaler. I am in a deep sleep and wake up with this often in the morning. Then after I do treatment to the asthma symptoms it feels like I did not sleep at all the entire night the rest of the day. I do recall when I wake up I do feel a bit panicky. However, my Dr. stated it sounds more like I am having panic attacks in my sleep that is provoking like symptoms of asthma since it only occurs during this time. He also said it's not too common asthma patients have asthma attacks while they sleep.

I do have lucid night mares often about my ex boyfriend in the past where I was in a really bad abusive relationship with. They are about the things he did to me. Any suggestions or thoughts here? Should I try an over the counter sleep aid see if that helps?

02/16/10
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  The way you describe the attack does not sound like a panic attack to me. In my own personal experience with panic attacks they usually occurred before I am in the deep sleep faze. I have very lucid dreams because of my medication and I never remember having dreams before a nocturnal panic attack. When I'm having a panic attack, I wake very suddenly. Shortness of breath is prevalent, but it really the least of my worries. It isn't just a panicky feeling, it is a terrifying experience. I'm positive that I am going to die or go crazy. Nocturnal panic attacks are worse than normal attacks for me, because I am still not fully awake and I'm completely confused and out of it, while I know what is happening during the daytime and can take control of the attack. For me, they usually last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes long, though it always seems much longer. I can't sleep for days afterword because I'm worried it will happen again. You described it as feeling a "bit panicky", but if you had had a nocturnal panic attack, it would be way more then a bit.

Experiences vary from person to person, however, but being a "bit panicky" does not constitute a panic attack. It just doesn't sound like a panic attack. I'm no doctor, though. If it continues to happen, I would go see another doctor with your problem and see what he/she recommends. If it is panic attacks, sleep aids will not help (they will help you sleep, but they cannot stop a panic attack). For your sake, I really hope it isn't panic attacks.
Ace
02/18/10
What to do during Asthma attack?
I have not been diagnosed with Asthma, but suspect it. I have severe allergies all my life and lately have been noticing some light wheezing at times when I breathe. I have no insurance so medical treatment is not optional at this time.

So my questions is, what does a person do if they have an attack? Are their medications you can get (inhalers) over the counter for an emergency? Anything else people do during attacks?
katesrevenge
11/21/07
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  well i would first say go to a doctor, but since you don't want to go due to insurance there are some ways to help when you feel an asthma attack coming on.
drink coffee, eat chocolate caffine is supposed to help. When i had a really bad asthma attack and didn't have my inhaler they gave me pepsi and m&m's.
I'm not sure if they give albuterol over the counter, but you can always ask the pharmacy or look it up.
rawr.
11/21/07
Is this the correct asthma treatment for severe asthma?
I was diagnosed with severe asthma. I have had asthma my entire life, but it has gotten much worse the last few years. I have recently been diagnosed with a lot of allergies this year, some even food, which I know to avoid. I just want to know if anyone else out there is on this same treatment or similar for my type of asthma.
I take Advair 500/50 2 times a day
Singular 1 time a day
Allegra D 2 times a day
Spiriva 1 time a day
Fluticasone inhaled 2x daily
Albuetrol as needed
Considering Theophylline or Aminophylline if symptoms do not improve.
Thanks for you help.
April E
02/08/09
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  Consider prednisone too. Theophylline and aminophylline have gone out of popularity but were used a lot just a few years ago.
I have been on prednisone for years and yes, there are side effects but I wouldn't want to do without it.
God bless.
Dave
02/08/09
Primatene Mist for Exercise Induced Asthma?
Does taking Primatene Mist before exercising prevent the symptoms of exercise induced asthma from occurring? Are there any other over-the-counter drugs that can be taken prior to exercising that will prevent the symptoms?
I know asthma is a serious disease and that successful treatment over time requires getting sound medical advice from an expert. I'm just asking about a one or two time, short-term solution. Thanks.
lchasper
10/12/06
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  That product has worked for me... i have mild asthma tho. I found some good info here:

http://asthma.clickthesite.com
Paul J
10/15/06
ASTHMA, HEALTH INSURANCE, DiEING!?
Im 20 yrs old, recently takin off my parents medical. I have severe Asthma, which went away for a couple yrs, but is back in full swing and even worse. I went to the ER and did a treatment, and I was prescriped 2 inhalers, which I used in 2 weeks (HORRIBLE) I couldn't afford the predisone since my inhalers were 80$$ I need help, I can live threw the ER and I no longer have money for more inhalers and meds since im so sick and can not breath I no longer can work. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO!!! right now im using a over the counter inhaler which makes me vomit, and doesn't work as good. How do I get some real medical help??
LiSaLoVe
11/12/08
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  I also have asthma and was prescribed to use ventolin inhalers.
Well, you can also use a nebulizer if your just at home.
Mimosa
11/12/08
Constant dry cough that keeps coming back?
For the past two years, I've had this painful, dry cough that comes and goes. I get it a lot during the fall, winter, and spring, but am cough-free during the summer. Usually, my cough is accompanied by a sinus infection (which I have gotten three times in the past year, and have repeatedly taken antibiotics for) but I don't always get the cough with the sinusitis. I've gotten an x-ray of my lungs and they're fine, and I've received treatment for asthma, but the cough won't go away. I often get coughing fits followed by dizziness and chest pain. in general, my mid-section and throat hurts a lot from all the coughing.

**I've tried various medications, from over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, and even ones prescribed to me by my doctor, including Advair and Singulair for the "asthma", and amoxocillin for the sinus infections
Flightless_Bird
02/14/11
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  I suffered the same thing,only it lasted for 15 years. Nothing helped. I just happened to see Dr. Oz on Oprah a few years ago showing how to use a neti pot. Did some on line research and got one. Within 2 days my cough cleared up and has not returned. Now understand this is only my experience,but it is worth a try. This is where I ordered the neti pot(it's stainless steel) plus a dvd comes with it: very helpful. http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/product/neti.html A plus,I haven't had a cold since I started using it......hope you try it.
massage therapist
02/16/11
Does anybody know of any over the counter inhalers besides primatene mist?
Need some help here, have bad asthma and I dont have insurance anymore, primatene mist just gives me a asthma attack whenever I use it.
BGZ8890s
02/02/10
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  There is ventilin ( not sure how you spell it) you can get . Or advair.
Just ask you`re doctor about them.
klarrissa
02/02/10
If you have asthma, Have you ever taken antihistamines.........?
to treat your asthma? And did it help in any way? Antihistamines like Benadryl, Claritin, Chlor-Trimeton, etc.
Im asking here for experience with asthma and antihistamines because myself, even though I have allergies, antihistamines never worked for me. Also, Asthma is caused by things other than allergies.
Well, I find it hard to believe that cold air and exercise are allergic reactions which cause asthma attacks. If they are and if everything is an allergic reaction, tell me this, why don't antihistamines work on asthma?
That last detail was directed to Matt
nochocolate
04/22/07
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  Asthma is an allergy. Asthma is caused by the autoimmune systems response to a trigger. Asthma can be caused by a standard allergen like dust or it can be triggered by other triggers such as cold air, infection, presume. No matter what the trigger is, the reaction is still an allergic reaction.

Asthma is an allergic reaction. Mast cells degranulate and releasing histamines and leukotrienes along with other inflammatory chemicals. You can help prevent asthma attacks by taking anti-histamines on a regular basis. It will help a little. Leukotrienes are 800 times more irritating to the airway then histamines are.

You can take a Leukotriene modifier (Singulair, Aculade, Zyflo) to help block Leukotrienes but you will need a prescription for one of these.
Matt A
04/22/07
When do I stop using my asthma inhaler?
I had asthma as a child and then grew out of it. Then in high school it came back as I ran track and field. In both periods I used both an albuterol inhaler and another one called QVAR 80. I don't really need them anymore now that I'm not really running, and I don't notice the asthma much at all in my everyday life unless I'm under a lot of stress. So should I just keep using both inhalers until the asthma goes away completely, or is it safe to just stop using it now if the asthma doesn't bother me?
BobNoj
06/06/10
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  You should only use it when you need it. A good idea is to have it on you at all times.
Carla
06/06/10
Quit smoking and asthma got worse ! ! :(?
I am 36 and quit smoking about a month ago. Right after I quit my asthma went out of control. I have had asthma sense I was 12 and it was only out of control once and only for a day. My asthma has been out of control for a month now my doctor put me on a lot of stuff Alupent (didn’t work) Advair ( allergic to) Atrovent ( didn’t work) Prednisone (didn’t do much) and now albuterol which is not really working at all. I go through a bottle a week. I do not have insurance so I used Primatene mist for years and it worked great but now it seems to cause my asthma to get worse. My albuterol makes me cough like crazy when I try to use it but I do have an asthma cough. I don’t wheeze I cough always have. I have had chest x-rays (clear) EKG (perfect). My doctor put me on an antibiotic just in case but nothing changed. I do not have bronchitis. Has anyone else ever had this happen?
Ps. I will never go back to smoking ever... The cough is a dry cough no gunk
ebike/vm colorado

I know it is really bad but if I don’t then I blow about 210 to a 190 on the PFM. If I stop using the rescue inhaler I end up in the ER!

Right now my Doc has me on Azmacort also but after 3 weeks it does not seem to be changing anything

Yes this all started right after I quit smoking before that I was using my inhaler only about 2 to 3 times a week and that was with over the counter Inhalers

I haven’t eaten anything new but we did move at about the same time

As for asthma triggers I tried once but gave up because at the time it seemed to be a lot of thing from exercise to pet to dust and pollen…

I quit about two and a half years ago and only started back up again after my mom died in April of this year and the last time I quit I was sick for a month but there where no changes in my asthma for the worse after a month my asthma all but went away.
Vangie
12/03/06
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  This is extremely common. I have asthma as well and when I quit smoking I got pneumonia for the first time in my life. You see, once the cilia in your in your bronchial passages, that have been plugged up with tar and all the other pollution you've been putting in there, get moving they have a lot of work to do to clean out the mess you've been leaving all these years. And some inflammation results and your body has to try to deal with this. So your body is rejecting all this stuff, tissues are getting inflamed, and excess mucous is one of the results. Hence the worsening of your asthma.

If you are able to find it, I highly recommend a product called Bell Allergy Relief, which is something meant to help with asthma. It provides very effective relief in situations where the puffers are hard to use or do not provide the needed relief.

If you can't find that product, then find or make a combination of the following ingredients: extracts of rosemarinic acid, basil, sage, mint, perilla, lobelia, quercetin, and rosemary.

Another supplement that can help you build up strong lungs is the cordyceps mushroom, which you can find in supplements in any health food store. This would not give immediate relief for the asthma like the above herbal combination, but it would help your lungs improve their oxygen uptake capacity over time.

Congratulations on quitting smoking! I know what a challenge it is; it's been 5 years for me now and I'm so glad I did even though the initial pneumonia had me wondering if I should just keep smoking. Hang in there. You can do it and your lungs will thank you in the end!!!
Samslou
12/03/06
How to treat asthma and how to prevent allrgic asthma attacks?
I have always been sensitive to air pollution, smoke, dust, pollen and other things that trigger asthma. How can I help myselfwith asthma attacks?
donna belle p
12/13/09
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  Do not smoke or allow smoking in your home - Babies exposed to tobacco smoke are more likely to get asthma. If a woman is exposed to tobacco smoke during pregnancy, her baby may also be more likely to get asthma.

If animal dander is a problem for you, keep your pet out of the house or at least out of your bedroom, or find it a new home.

If pollen is a problem for you, if possible, stay indoors with the air conditioner on, when the pollen count is high. Do not run the air-conditioning, whether in car or indoors, on the setting that draws in outside air and cools it. Outside air brings with it pollen, and cool, pollinated air is bad for asthma.

To control dust mites, wash your sheets, blankets, pillows, and stuffed toys once a week in hot water. You can get special dust proof covers for your mattress and pillows.

If cold air bothers you, wear a scarf over your mouth and nose in the winter.

There are a number of highly effective herbal and homeopathic remedies that may be used for the successful treatment of asthma and other respiratory conditions. Depending on the severity of the asthma, natural remedies can either reduce or completely eliminate the need for the synthetic drugs and are often used in conjunction with conventional medications as a part of a holistic treatment plan.

Herbal ingredients such as Matricaria recutita and Astralagus are known for their antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties, while homeopathic ingredients such as Mag. Phos. and Nat. Sulph are successful at easing chest and throat constriction and soothing mucous membranes while reducing the presence of phlegm in the chest. Used regularly, natural remedies can help improve respiratory health, reduce the incidence and severity of asthma attacks while strengthening the immune system.

You may get detailed info on the above here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/a/asthma.htm
Patrick
12/15/09
What are the different types of asthma how many different types are there?
I have Bronchoal Asthma. My doctor said it is not like other asthma. He also said it was the worst form of asthma. I really don't use any breathing devices much anymre and I very rarly feel breathless
Corey D
06/01/06
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  two types bronchial asthma & cardiac asthma. In ur case it is an hypersensitive reaction, the basophill bursts & realease a chemical & it constricts the broncii thus u feel breathless
apurba s
06/01/06
Are there any home treatments or over-the-counter medicines that will help asthma?
A long time ago (like ten or so years), I was given an inhaler becaue apparently, I had minor asthma. I was only a kid at the time. But the asthma wasn't a big deal. So I quit using my inhaler. Anyway, it comes back, off and on, and I'm suffering through it now. When it comes back, it lasts anywhere from a couple days to a couple weeks before I notice it's gone. I don't know if it could be allergy-related or what, since it comes back and leaves, comes back and leaves.

Anyway, It's been affecting me kinda badly the last couple days. But I don't have the money to make a doctor's appointment. Christmas wiped me out. Are there any home treatments or maybe OTC meds I can take?
Lil Dude
01/05/10
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  Try hot coffee. Also, you can get Primatine Mist OTC. I wouldn't use it for an extended period of time, but it will help for now.
[email protected]
01/05/10
What is a good over the counter treatment for psoriasis?
I won't be able to see my dermatologist until January, and my psoriasis is spreading. My cream has run out. I'm using T-Gel shampoo for my scalp. I don't have anything for the psoriasis on my skin though. What is a good over the counter treatment that can keep it under control until January?
I've had psoriasis for a couple of years.
I used a topical medication from my dermatologist, but that ran out and she said she has to see me before I get another one prescribed.
Live_laugh_love
11/24/07
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  HI Sylvie

Here are some ideas on how to heal the issue.

Cause
Psoriasis is metabolic in nature and can be triggered by environmental or stressful conditions, poor diet, flu-like conditions, the administration of penicillin, and nutritional deficiencies. Patients with psoriasis are also a higher risk of rheumatoid diseases.

Psoriasis can be caused by food allergies, essential fatty acid deficiencies, low digestive enzyme and hydrochloric acid levels, vitamin B complex deficiencies, emotional stress, illness, drugs (such as beta-blockers, lithium, and chloroquine), poison ivy or oak, skin damage, and several infections, bacterial or viral in origin.


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Natural Cures

Aromatherapy: The following essential oils are recommended: bergamot (to help heal skin plaques), lavender (to reduce excessive itching), melissa (for irritated skin), jasmine (for dry sensitive skin), geranium (for dry irritating skin), and sandalwood mysore (for dehydrated, inflamed, and sensitive skin).

Diet: Screen for and eliminate all foods to which you are allergic or sensitive. Eat a varied diet of organic, whole foods, rotating foods as much as possible. Eliminate wheat and wheat products for 1-3 months. Consume seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, and each day, on a rotating basis, take one tablespoon of olive or flaxseed oil, and be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water. Organic beef, venison, poultry, garlic, onions, parsley, organic plain yogurt, and sauerkraut are also recommended.

Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® applied topically can soothe symptoms.

Herbs: Combine equal parts of burdock, sarsaparilla, and cleavers tinctures and take one teaspoon three times a day. Silymarin (milk thistle) is also helpful for psoriasis due to its positive effects on liver function.

Homeopathy: Useful homeopathic remedies include Psorinum, Sulfur, Graphites, Cuprum met., and Arsen alb.

Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful: apple and carrot; beet, cucumber, and grape; and beet, carrot, burdock, yellowdock and garlic.

Lifestyle: Mild cases of psoriasis may be helped by daily exposure to sunlight. Frequent exercise is also recommended.

Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can be helpful: evening primrose oil, omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B Complex, vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, folic acid, lecithin, zinc, and a multimineral supplement. Taking hydrochloric acid (HCL) with each meal can also be of use.

In Europe fumaric acid treatment in the form of fumaric acid tablets, ointment, lotion, and scalp lotions is widely used to reverse symptoms of psoriasis

Topical Treatment: Apply seawater to the affected skin several times daily. Linseed or avocado oil, aloe vera gel, and/or capsaicin cream applied topically can reduce the scaling, thickness, redness, and itching.

Best of health to you
Healing Oneself
11/24/07
I have very severe asthma and am severly allergic to dog?
and my soon to be husband in a week will be moveing his dog in to are new place. My asthma is realy bad I am on a breathing machine that I have to breath medicine from like albuterol and pulmicort. I take advair, clarinex, singulair,uniphyl that controls asthma, and sometimes I have to take prednisone. I explained to my man my asthma is very bad and he seems heart broken to get rid of the dog am I wrong for suggesting it? I take so much meds now and am afraid if we have the dog I will get worse.
me
08/30/07
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  Before insisting the dog leave, you should make absolutely positive that it's the dog you are allergic to. If you haven't already, see an allergist for allergy testing. Maybe there's something else in your fiancee's place that is bothering you (e.g., dust mites).

My asthma/allergies are similarly severe (seven daily prescriptions) and I thought I was allergic to everything. After testing, I learned that my only allergies were to cats and dust mites. However, the dust mite allergy was so severe that it made me sensitive to everything else. Once I took measures to control my mite exposure, my environment became a lot less dangerous. I can now pet the neighbor's dog without having an asthma attack. Hopefully the same will be true for you! Good luck!

P.S. Congratulations on your wedding!
Z
08/30/07
allergy sinus or asthma?
for quite some time ive been batteling sinus problems, coughing, etc.
had sinus surgery two years ago for deveated septum.... then over past year have had horrible cough.... drainage.... loss of voice... been seeing ENT, respitory doctor, and still trying to figure out the problem.
It doesn't seem so heady...meaning nose running, headache ect. its more like upper chest lower throat, a lot of constant coughing... and a wheezing sound in my vocals when i breath in and out.. tightness of the chest and shortness of breath.
i did every over the counter, cough medicine, and z packs....
now im gona do asthma test and allergy test...
does it sound to you like it could be allergy or asthma? and what are the treatments involved....
Boo Boo
09/26/08
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  Sounds like you have uncontrolled allergies that can possibly be causing some asthma. You are headed down the right path in consulting with either an allergist or immunologist. These professionals can perform simple skin or blood tests to determine if your symptoms are being caused by allergy, and if so to which allergens you are reacting. Based on the results, they will give you a 3 pronged course of action. First will be allergy control/avoidance, second will be immunotherapy (not done if food allergy is the cause), third will be medication. If you are experiencing asthma they will prescribe medications that will decrease the inflammation in your airways so that you can breathe easier. For example, I am allergic to dust mites, if I am not controlling my allergies I am terribly ill. But, I follow the allergy control procedures for dust mite control (basically setting up a dust free bedroom with some bedding and washing in de-mite) and I rarely need medication.
Just for grins, I will give you a link about those nasty little microscopic creatures and a link to how to set up a dust mite allergy free bedroom so that you can see how simple it was for me to do and get well.
Good luck!
Queen of the Dust Mites
09/26/08
asthma question...?
i just got diagnosed with asthma. they put me on maxair.
(it is excersized induced asthma)
lets just say im going on the trampoline...
should i use the inhailor before i go on or when i cant breathe?
peacee-lovee-smiilee :)
05/23/08
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  EIB (execise induced bronchospasm) should be treated prior to exercising ... I would take your dose at 30" prior to exercise ....

If you wait till your short of breath ... you are behind the eight ball so to speak ... you will be playing catch up and the ability to exercise would be compromised!
cryptoxmit
05/23/08
ASTHMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?
Ok if you have Asthma and you cant run or even walk a long distance without bein out of breathe and your pretty much healthy does that mean that you need to get a daily Asthma medicine from your doctor or what????? Please Help Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sunnyd
07/24/11
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asthma......?
My boyfriend has asthma and he's sick of the pills and inhalers. He would rather do something more natural to help it. Anyone have any ideas or do anything to help their asthma?
yo?
05/22/07
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  The best non-medication treatment for asthma is to learn your triggers and avoid them. Asthma is an allergy. Allergies are triggered by irritants. If its pets, don't let the pet in the house or at least not in the bedroom. If its smoke, don't smoke or go places that are smoky. If you are unable to figure out your triggers, you will need prescription medications. Natural remedies just don't work most of the time. That said, a new study showed that a large amount of fish oil pills each day will help with relieving asthma symptoms. The test subjects were taking 12-15 fish oil pills each day.

Good luck
Matt A
05/22/07
Bad asthma that is not responding to medication?
So I had asthma as a child. Over time, I'm seemed to outgrow it. I'd still get wheezy when I had a cold, but I haven't needed my rescue inhaler in years. About 2 years ago, I started developing seasonal allergies. This year my allergies have been out of control. I managed to catch a cold and developed severe asthma again. I was put on antibiotics to prevent a possible case of pneumonia as well as a steroids, a rescue inhaler, over the counter allergy medication and sybcourt. My symptoms have improved and the cough I had has gone away but I still have lots of trouble breathing. My peak flow after all this hasn't improved since last week. However when I go to the doctor I get two nebulizer treatments and I usually feel much better but it seems to wear off in a couple of hours. I'm going in for a chest ex-ray in a couple days and returning to the doctor on Monday.

My question is, can all this really be caused by my asthma? What exactly is the doctor supposed to see with a chest ex-ray? I don't get it. If its possible pnemonia shouldn't the antibiotics have fought it off? Or could it just be a stubborn chest cold? I'm confused (and a bit of worrier).
sweetheart82
05/18/11
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  If it were me, I would not listen to anything the QRA practitioner said. Asthma is most often caused by reactions to things like allergens, cold air, exercise, upper respiratory infections (aka URI), etc which result in an asthma attack - not by toxins. All the things you said in your first paragraph sound very much like asthma treatment.

The chest x-ray is used to determine if you do have an upper respiratory infection of some sort or rule it out. Pneumonia is often caused by a virus, not a bacteria, and therefore can't be cured with antibiotics. However, a bacterial infection can set in afterwards - it's then you should take antibiotics, not before. BTW, you need to get a pneumovax vaccination in order to ward off a bacterial pneumonia in the future.

If your doctor has not sent you to have pulmonary function tests (with a methacholine challenge) he should - the methacholine challenge is the only way to tell for sure if it is asthma. Your doctor should also refer you to see a pulmonologist (aka respirologist in Canada) to get a better idea of what's going on and to monitor your asthma problems. One thing about still coughing - you can cough and cough and cough for weeks after an URI without it being pneumonia that carries on - it's part and parcel of living with a "twitchy" airway. You should also see an asthma educator who can help you set up an action plan so as to know how and when to take medications (esp puffers), and what to do if puffers don't help when you're feeling wheezy.

One note - whenever you get an upper respiratory infection- esp influenza or bronchitis - you really should go on prednisone right away, as these diseases will irritate your upper airways and induce an asthma attack - I know this from experience. Last year, I ended up in the hospital because of a major asthma attack. Another note - if you're smoking regular tobacco or weed, you need to stop now because it just makes matter worse for you. If you are living with someone else who smokes, you should encourage that person to quit, or to go outside rather than adding one more irritant to the air surrounding you.

I tend to be a worrier too - and I've made it OK thus far - you'll do fine too, I'm quite sure.
Annie
05/18/11
Uh-oh... I just did a nebulizer treatment and realized that it was EXPIRED!!
Hi, I'm actually about 3/4 of the way through an asthma treatment (DuoNeb, which is Albuterol and Atrovent all in 1), and it expired 3 months ago. It is the only stuff I have, and it has no refills because I rarely need to use it.

Is it alright or what?
James J
08/10/08
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  I work in a Doctor's office, and as we tell our patients, you should not use anything that is expired because the effectiveness of the medication is probably gone. Since it expired 3 months ago and you are 3/4 the way through it; you should finish the treatment. If your symptoms don't get any better within the same amount of time they usually do, either call your Physician through their after hour exchange or go to the E.R. People always complain about the time spent/wasted and the cost of the E.R., but I would never put a cost on my life. (Not trying to be harsh.) If the treatment does help, wonderful. But you should call your Physician to get a refill on the nebulizer as soon as possible. Hope this helps.
roseheart
08/10/08
Flovent doesn't help my asthma? Any others?
I am taking flovent 110 2 puffs twice a day. It isn't helping my asthma at all. I do not have an asthma specialist where I am currently at just a "regular" doctor who doesn't know much. Before ever messing with flovent or advair I was on aerobid and I seemingly remember never having a problem like this! Does anyone else notice flovent doesn't help their asthma or they needed another medication instead of flovent?
miz lily
04/06/09
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  *raises hand* me me me. It does not help me at all. But my doctor is at rained specialist. I would get a second opnion. I just dont use mine anymore, its under my bed somewhere. =]

Hope I helped.
Brittany
04/07/09
Asthma????
Is it possible that i might have asthma? I have spells where it seems hard to take a full breath and times where it doesnt bother me at all. And is it possible that it could spring up overnight? Cause i have had some problems before when running, but three days ago i just woke up with the problem in the morning, and it doenst bother me when im sleeping or right after i get up...What could i have? Asthma?
Lucky Cat
12/21/07
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  I've had asthma for 19 years and what you describe does sound like it. Many things can trigger asthma and it's different for everyone. While running or waking up short of breath in the morning could affect one person, it doesn't mean someone else with asthma will have the same symptoms. Asthma can come and go and you can go through cycles where it's worse at one point and better at others.

The best thing to do is talk to your doctor and talk to him or her about your treatment options. You should get a rescue inhaler that you can use whenever you have an acute attack. They might recommend that you go on a daily preventative medicine, also.
heckyesh1
12/22/07
Asthma Peak flow meter?
I just got a refill on my fast acting inhaler and noticed that is said to use with a peak flow meter. I got diagnosed with mild-moderate asthma when I was 11 and am now 16. I have never been told to use one or have even been told about it. I went to my doctor today and he said it is usually only for young kids who don't know how to manage their asthma very well. He told me I don't need one. However after doing some research it seemed like a good idea and it seems that plenty of older people have them. I am a competitive dancer and every time I go to a competition my mom wants me to take a couple doses of my fast acting before I dance but I don't know if I really need it and other times she thinks I have taken to much. I pretty much know my triggers though. I thought that the meter may help with these competition confusions. After telling my mom what the doctor said she pretty much just dropped the idea. Does it seem like I could benefit from this or am I just going over board with the tools?

If it helps I take singulair daily I also use alvesco daily ( or I should be) and I have bricanyl turbuhaler for fast acting
Thanks
Also would it be okay to use one after my doctor has told me I don't need to? I believe they are just over the counter
Stephanie V
06/16/10
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  As an asthma educator, we recommend them to most everyone with asthma.
Mary
06/16/10
What is the best asthma inhaler or anything that can help asthma?
i have tried everything.

albuteral inhaler
cingulair pill
&advair.

please help nothing works and i get asthma attacks every time i run!
thanks a bunch i will give the best answer to the person that has personal experience and an explanation.
thanks
ps my doctor is stupid and doesnt know what to do now!
A Bay Bay
10/30/08
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  Your problem isn't just the inhaler, it's that few doctors understand asthma.

I use the Ventolin inhaler but, honestly, what has really helped me is cutting out a lot of dairy in my diet. I drink AT LEAST 8 big glasses of water per day and avoid all dairy: milk, cheese, etc.

I won't say I never have dairy but after a month of cutting way back on dairy, I noticed I wasn't needing my inhaler as often.

Also, take a product with Guaifenesin in it like Mucinex. Guaifenesin is good for people with asthma. I buy stuff at the Dollar Store that has Guaifenesin in it and it really helps me.
2010 FYRE & REIGN
10/30/08
Can Pamelor cause Asthma or Respiratory troubles to become worse?
I think this type of anti-depressant caused me to have more congestion/lungs AND OR RESPITORY trouble. (when reading about the side effects I noticed that IT STATED to tell your Doc if u have Asthma. My doc told me before that I have asthma, but i haven't used my inhaler in 2 or more yrs. now. --and Should I use Inhaler due to my wheezing?
Brown Eyed Susan
05/15/06
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  All up to you. Is the Pamelor working or not? Is it worth having an Asthma attack or not? I would STOP and get a different RX instead. One that has less side effects.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Side effects from nortriptyline are common:

upset stomach
drowsiness
weakness or tiredness
excitement or anxiety
insomnia
nightmares
dry mouth
skin more sensitive to sunlight than usual
changes in appetite or weight

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

constipation
difficulty urinating
frequent urination
blurred vision
changes in sex drive or ability
excessive sweating

If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the IMPORTANT WARNING section, call your doctor immediately:

jaw, neck, and back muscle spasms
slow or difficult speech
shuffling walk
persistent fine tremor or inability to sit still
fever
difficulty breathing or swallowing
severe skin rash
yellowing of the skin or eyes
irregular heartbeat
jennifersuem
05/15/06
Asthma attacks are more frequent, How do i control it?
Since i stooped smoking like for a year. Asthma attacks are becoming more frequent. Almost everyday i over use the inhaler asthalin. Ventolin tablets are not helping. Coughing isn't that much, it is very less. I sometimes take phyllocontin tablets with contains aminophylline when i go to sleep. They somehow help because if i don't i get to wake up 2-4 times to use my inhaler. If i don't use it i have to wake up more than 4 times or even get a very serious asthma Attack in the middle of the night. I just feel like asthma might kill one day and most probably one night. I just don't need the doctors help because i tried and they never helped me that much. Please help. Please tell what kind of medication i should get. What tablets do you think i should be taking. Anyway the place i stay has been examined, there is no dust or anything that might trigger my asthma. Every morning when i wake up i have to use the inhaler (4 sprays mostly). My asthma is Allergy and maybe something else that i don't know of. How do i know it is Allergy. I get to have attacks mostly when it is cold. But i try to keep my room cool and worm but still i keep on getting the attacks. I just feel like i am soon going to die of it. What should i do.
saleh
10/02/09
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  Hi Saleh,

I am an Asthmatic of more than 40 years. At one point I seriously considered committing suicide but I did not have the physical ability to execute my plan. Now I am a Registered Nurse, a tennis player, a parent, and above all a human being.

The bad news is that there in no cure for asthma. The good news is that it is now a manageable disease. I have not had an attack since 1972. You may want to know what happened that year. That is the year I started to train as a Nurse. I acquired as much knowledge about the disease as I could. I ended up becoming an Intensive Care Unit nurse over a period of four years.

There some basics all human beings need to know. Here is basic rule numbered one. Knowledge is power. I am going to give you as much information as I can in a format as can. You too will have to work hard. You will need to tailor this knowledge to your unique situation.

In that year I also moved from one country to another. From Malaysia to Scotland. I also moved from being unemployed to becoming a student nurse where I got decent housing and a small salary. I used my new clean environment to manage asthma. I noted that when I visited friends and relatives who lived in not so well conditions my chest became wheezy. So I learned to recognize environments/houses which were not good for my lungs.

I learned to eat right. I could afford the a decent meal. I started to avoid foods which made me wheezy. As I managed to control my asthma I started to play table tennis, badminton and tennis. This gave me the confidence to push myself harder and further. At the peak of my health I was able to jog ten to eleven kilometres per day and I planned a charity run from the north to the south of the US. I had a seizure and the plan fell through.

I had my skin tested to find out the things I was allergic to. I learn ed to avoid them. I tried desensitization programs twice. I lacked the commitment and therefore the desensitization programs failed. I was working with psychiatric patients who smoked. I had no choice but to sit with them. I could not place my personal interest over theirs. I am talking about the 1980s. Smoking was quite fashionable then.

This is my story. Now the basic facts which can empower you. Know your body. It tells you when you are not doing the right thing. Learn to avoid the following: Smoke, dust, dust mite, bed and linen dust, irritants like chlorine, exhaust smoke, cigarette smoke. I am pleased to note that you have given up smoking. This is only the beginning.

Know your medications: All are good if used correctly. At one point I was taking 100 mg of prednisolone three times a day. Predinisone has side effects. The message I am giving you is that even prednisone has a role in making a bad asthmatic better. Sometimes you will hear that certain medications are bad but I request that you not be judgmental. Many people talk negatively about steroids. In my life as a patient and as a nurse I have found steroids to be most useful.

Bronchodilators: These medications open up the bronchiloes. They work almost immediately and only small doses are needed if administered by inhalation. They speed up the heart rate, improve oxygen exchange and make your hands shake.

MMedicationslike ventolin tabs are good but they take a long time to be effective and have systematic effects. These have to be administered in larger doses. However, you must talk with your doctor to find out and decide on what is best for you.

Aminophylline is a good bronchodilator. I could not tolerate it but I know many patients who have done exceptionally well on this medication. The key thing to remember is the therapeutic window is narrow so it is important not to exceed the dose or the under dose.

Always do a moderate amout of exercise. Exercises may be very stressful when you are ill but they will increase your general fitness.

This is all I can advice you based on my persona experiences. If you want to read my professional opinion about caring for an asthmatice you may read:

http://healthmad.com/conditions-and-diseases/asthma-care-of-a-patient-with-asthma/

My public profile can be read at the site given below.
Trooper
10/02/09
I had an asthma attack at swim practice and I'm afraid to go back. Should I go or wait until I start meds?
I just found out that I had asthma, and this was my first swim practice for the season. I haven't started medication yet (but will when my prescription comes in) should i swim with non-medicated asthma?
missitalia
11/12/10
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  Do not swim without meds. An asthma attack can be triggered by a lot of things, such as anxiety, stress, air pollution, and so on. You already know that swimming has triggered and attack, and it is possible that it can trigger another attack, if you work too hard in the pool. You must have an emergency inhaler close by for those situations. Now that you are diagnosed with asthma, it is also recommended that you monitor your own lifestyle, and be aware of when you might be putting yourself in stressful situations. Most often you will be given an inhaler or two, and oral medications may also help.
thatzmagic
11/12/10

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