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By July 13, 2017 - 7:22am
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I am 47 yrs old and have had 2 very scary asthma attacks in the last 3 days. After the first incident, it was determined by my doctor that my childhood asthma illness has come back. I don't ever remember my attacks to have been so severe. I don't mean to sound dramatic but I am still surprised I survived each. I can't explain it to anyone who's not experienced it, other than to imagine someone holding your head under water for what seems like 5 mins. I am on Singulair, Breo, and inhaling Albuteral every 3-4 hrs as well as using that as my eventual rescue. These 2 attacks have been brutally disturbing for my kids to witness ☹️ so just trying to prepare as best I can for the next. God forbid. Thanks for any help.

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If this type of attack occurs, what should be done?

My daughter recently started having coughing fits that make it hard for her to breathe. I took her to the doctor, but she still does not give me the security if she suffers from asthma. I am afraid of acting incorrectly when coughing attacks occur and thus worsen her condition.

January 10, 2018 - 8:18am
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I suffered from asthma as a child. Got shots every week for years. There's nothing worse than having the feeling you can't breathe. I used to sit in the bathroom, door closed with hot steamy shower to open my lungs. Helped a lot. I hear having adult onset of asthma is not uncommon. I say, get to the root cause. Look at what was going on in your life when your asthma got triggered again. Have you ever thought of doing some deep, belly breathing exercises? There's a gentleman who will be teaching me how to breathe since I tend to hold my breath. I think I hold my breath because I did have asthma for so many years. Became a natural response for me as I've gotten older. His name is Ed Harold. Check him out. Michelle

August 29, 2017 - 7:41am

Hello Msdxwilson,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. That must have been frightening.

Does your physician think you may need to make changes in your current medication regime?

Are there triggers that set off such an intense asthma attack?


July 13, 2017 - 10:05am
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