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Monday, June 09, 2008 justjilly, Community Member, asks

Q: is steam from a hot shower good if your having a asthma attack to open airways

hello I just got out of the hospital I was diagnosed with asthma with acute exacerbation I was on 4 liters of oxygen and they weened me down to 2 liters im having a lot of trouble breathing but a nurse told me to sit in the bathroom with the shower running and breath in the steam I was wondering what you thought about this I need help I sit here tyoing and my breath is very rasspy I have never had asthma before and im 41yrs old Could you please help cause im really scared im a mom and a grandma and im afraid Thank you Jill

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JB, Editor
6/12/08 12:53pm

Hi Jill,

 

Asthma attacks can be very scary, so you're not alone in those feelings and you're right to have them.

 

Yes, I have heard that sitting in a hot shower or steamy room can ease breathing trouble, but I think that works best for people with rhinitis, stuffy nose, or phlegmy cough. Have you tried it for your asthma? If it works for you, then I say keep doing it. But you'll never rid yourself of asthma symptoms just with hot showers. You have to have the right medication to get your asthma under control and avoid the scary attacks.

 

Did the doctor prescribe you with any asthma medications? Usually, you'll get a bronchodilator -- which is a fancy word for a drug that relaxes the muscles in your lungs that squeeze your airways when you're having an asthma attack. Bronchodilators can work fast, relaxing the muscles within a few minutes, or they can be long acting, continually working fpr hours to keep the muscles relaxed, but they don't work quickly.

 

You'll also probably need an anti-inflammatory drug. The anti-inflammatory keeps your airways from swelling, which also makes it hard to breathe. Some asthma inhalers have both kinds of medicine in them.

 

Go back to your doctor and explain your concerns and your symptoms. Your doctor has to help you determine which medicines are best for you.

 

You can also click the blue links below to learn a lot more about asthma treatment:

 

An Adult's Guide to Asthma

 

Asthma Drugs From A to Z


Building An Asthma Action Plan


Combination Asthma Inhalers = Increased Convenience + Better Asthma Control

 

 

Hang in there!

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Winding Down, Community Member
9/25/09 9:17pm

Hi Jilly

 

guess what? I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 47, Im 53 now and since learned from lung exrays I didnt have asthma, it was just an easy HMO Dr to get me out of the office. I found I have bad bad allergies and I take the Walmart generic claritain daily during the spring and early summer I have to take something stronger, allergia I think its called, otherwise I get really dizzy and I came down with vertigo from my inner ear being messed up from fluid pressure. NOW I keep my chest and/or nasal area clear as I can when it gets stuff, I take a combo nasal and chest decongestion med I get it generic OTC at Walmart. I think I am also allergic to my cats litter, I have 3 cats and clean the litter box 1-2 a day. Its best to keep your chest and nasal areas clear and know the feb- sept is the worst for allergies! Look for new things around you, did you get a new tree or plant that is now blooming where  it didnt before? Did you have your carpet cleaned with a new soap? GOOD LUCK

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AnnMarie913, Community Member
10/29/12 7:09pm

Jill, I have had asthma since birth, and NO, hot shower steam never worked for me. I could never understand why anyone in the health field would recommend this. In fact, I just got in the shower, and when I got out, I was having an attack. I was fine before I got in. The ONLY thing that helps me is an inhaler or steroids(prednisone)

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AnnMarie913, Community Member
10/29/12 7:09pm

Jill, I have had asthma since birth, and NO, hot shower steam never worked for me. I could never understand why anyone in the health field would recommend this. In fact, I just got in the shower, and when I got out, I was having an attack. I was fine before I got in. The ONLY thing that helps me is an inhaler or steroids(prednisone)

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