When Do I Go To The Er For Asthma? Dr Isn't Answering Phone, Albuterol & Preventive Inhalers Arent Working Well. Still Wheeze After Taking Them & Nebulizer. Symptoms Get Worse After Only 10-20 Mins.

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Asked by Mirabel1

When Do I Go To The Er For Asthma? Dr Isn't Answering Phone, Albuterol & Preventive Inhalers Arent Working Well. Still Wheeze After Taking Them & Nebulizer. Symptoms Get Worse After Only 10-20 Mins.

I've been waking up wheezing & needing inhaler & nebulizer tx more than 2x a night for the past two days. Should I just go to the ER? My husband wants me to go in. But I don't want to bother them when people out there have worse problems.

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Just as a side note here to all asthmatics: I have worked in the emergency room taking care of asthma patients for 15 years and taken care of many asthmatics, and Neither I nor any of the nurses or doctors I work with have ever made fun of a patient or otherwise thought bad of a patient for coming into the ER. It has never happened.

In fact, just the opposite. We medical workers WANT you to come in early. We want you to come to the hospital BEFORE your asthma gets bad. We want to nip that asthma attack in the bud. We have seen asthma get out of control and fast, and that's why it's important that if you even think you should go to the ER, please do not hesitate.

I say this both as an asthmatic whose been in your shoes, and as an RT who's seen the worse case scenerio. So don't hesitate! See your doctor or see a doctor in the ER.

Rick

Answered by John Bottrell