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Stari
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   Posted 5/8/2009 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
 
How often are you suppose to use the nebulizer?  I han't needed mine for a year and half untill yesterday.  For teacher appreciation week a person came in and did manicures and fill ins for the teachers.  Only problem was it done in a small room about two doors down from me and with no ventalization.  I have used the nebulizer 3 times within the last 20 hours. Not sure what to do now..any suggestions?

dencha
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   Posted 5/8/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Stari,
My doctor told me I could take the nebulizer every four to six hours if I needed it. If you aren't getting relief, though, you should call your allergist or doctor and let them know, though. Are you on an inhaled steroid?
I hope you feel better soon!
Denise

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 5/9/2009 12:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually if anyone is doing every 4 hours on a nebulizer, they need to be under strict supervision of a pulmonologist. That is hospitalization stages for asthmatics. The recommended is 4 times a DAY. I personally use it when I am really bad and alternate between inhaler and nebulizer
 
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dencha
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   Posted 5/9/2009 3:47 AM (GMT -7)   
That may be true, unless it is under doctor supervision for a short term problem. I agree that it's important to be aware of the fact that asthma is a life-threatening disorder, and needs to be treated with great care. You're right that anyone doing that should be seen and not trying to treat themselves without being watched by an asthma specialist.
Good point, Smurfy Shadow.

dencha
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   Posted 5/9/2009 4:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Oops. I reread my post, and thought about it. Actually 3 to 4 times a day is the nebulizer direction I meant. I don't know where my head was. Thanks for pointing it out. Long week at school!
Good luck, Aurora, in getting your asthma in control.
Denise

Stari
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   Posted 5/9/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the replies to my question. Breathing easier now but it can get scary at times. How do you know when an asthma attack is serious enough to seek medical attention?

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 5/9/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
If your inhaler doesnt work right away, then it requires medical attention. If you black out, dont skip go and call 911 (or in my case stumble into an ER and get asked by a guy in scrubs if he can help you. So I gave him my inhaler and I passed out again woke up to a full team of people and with oxygen and vitals on and in a wheelchair). After vitals finished I was whisked into a room and the respitory team was already there. Must of been out for a few minutes for sure. I was lectured that night and told if I came in 30 minutes later I would of died and they wouldnt have been able to save me. A time after that I was in a full blown attack inhaler didnt work while I was on a bus. The doctors office couldnt understand me, so I handed the phone to a lady next to me that asked if I was ok. Then I pulled out my state id and gave it to her and showed her the inhaler. They pulled up my chart and told her how to get me to the nearest clinic, she did and I passed out right at the reception desk and fell into a wheelchair. I dont know it is with me and passing out in men's arms or in wheelchairs, but I bet one of these days I wont be so lucky.
 
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dencha
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   Posted 5/9/2009 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I was hospitalized because my nebulizer treatments weren't clearing my lungs.  I did a treatment at my allergy/asthma doctor's office, and he could see that it wasn't helping, so he admitted me.  I was having problems because I was experiencing severe gastritis and GERD as a result of taking an antibiotic that stirred up my stomach.  In the hospital I was on high doses of IV prednosone, but even with that, I was still having trouble, because the reflux continued to inflame my lungs.
 
So, the long and short of it...if you're having trouble breathing, and you can't get relief from you inhaled meds, you need to get yourself to an ER or doctor's office to be evaluated.  It sounds like your doctor needs to adjust your inhalers.
Good luck with your breathing.
Believe me, I know what you're going through.
Denise

jackcc
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:00 PM (GMT -7)   
stari

Your post caught my eye. It reminded me of something I experienced. I have COPD . I was at an office to get a hearing aid and when I was ready to leave, I asked where the restroom was. They told me where it was and I found it. It was in an isolated section of the first floor office area and when I went inside, I suddenly couldn't breath. There was no ventilation or moving air. It was enclosed stale air. I went into a super panic mode gasping for air and luckily I had my oxygen tank with me and desperately started using it. It was a life saver. I couldn't get out of that place fast enough. I thought I was going to die right there. Enclosed places, without ventilation , are really bad for people with breathing problems.
It sounds like you might need more than an occasional nebulizer treatment. Nebulizers are usually used on a regular basis rather than an as needed basis. I hope you saw your doctor about this. .

greatfacts
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   Posted 5/12/2009 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I have talked to many teachers and also researched Sick Schools. Just type in Sick Schools and get ready for a long read. Everything is thought about building a school or any other building except for the Indoor Air Quality. Chances are this did not hit you all at once. Think about a glass being inside your body. Every time you come in contact with mold, dust, pollen, animal dander, chemical out gasing, that class fills up a little more. Once it is filled up to the tip top, it only takes one more drop for it to over flow. This would be your allergy or asthma attack.
 
What you need to do is to find a good air purifier (not a filter) and have it placed in your class. Within 3 to 4 days, you should see a big difference. The level in that glass will start to drop and you will not react as fast if at all. I am not into taking drugs. One only has to listen to all the side effects to wonder why you should take a chance. I could name the type that I use and has proven fantastic but I do not want to break any of the rules of this web site. You will have to research on your own. Make sure it has no filters, no maintenance required, very quiet, 3 year warranty, Hospital and university studied.
 
If you find all of these, chances you have found the right air purifier.
 
Best of luck.
 
greatfacts

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm now on Perforomist twice a day every 12 hours.........So far so good....
SnowyLynne


Stari
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   Posted 5/12/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
That is a great idea to put a air purifer in my classroom...thank you.. It can be so hard not to panic when having an attack.

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   Posted 5/13/2009 4:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Greatfacts, you are more then welcome to provide the name of the purifier you use. However, if you are SELLING this purifier then no, that is not allowed. We do not allow any spam of any sort.
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