Status Asthmaticus

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Status asthmaticus is a life-threatening exacerbation of asthma symptoms that is unresponsive to standard therapy. It must be treated very aggressively, and hospital-ization may be necessary. A provocative factor such as prolonged allergen exposure or a respiratory infection often precedes status asthmaticus. A rapid increase in the daily use of bronchodilators to control acute symptoms is a danger sign of an impending crisis. Treatment includes oxygen, inhaled short-acting p2-agonists, and oral or parenteral corticosteroids. Subcutaneous p-agonists can be given to those who respond poorly to inhaled adrenomimetics. Inhaled ipratropium may be effective in some patients.

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Coping with Asthma

Coping with Asthma

If you suffer with asthma, you will no doubt be familiar with the uncomfortable sensations as your bronchial tubes begin to narrow and your muscles around them start to tighten. A sticky mucus known as phlegm begins to produce and increase within your bronchial tubes and you begin to wheeze, cough and struggle to breathe.

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