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dyspnoeaDifficult, laboured or obstructed breathing. The sense of ‘not getting enough air’. This is a feature of ASTHMA, partial obstruction or narrowing of the airway, lung disease, severe ANAEMIA, MOUNTAIN SICKNESS or hysterical HYPERVENTILATION. Refractory dyspnoea that has failed to respond to standard treatments has been treated effectively with sustained release morphine-a controversial measure in view of the well-known respiratory depressive effect of this drug.
dysp·ne·a(disp-nē'ă) In the diphthong pn, the p is silent only at the beginning of a word.
Patient discussion about dyspnoea
Q. can one prevent asthma attack from happening from the moment he/she feels breathless???
Preventing asthma attacks is achieved through better control of the disease (with drugs such as inhaled steroids) and through avoidance of triggers such as infections of the lung (vaccinations etc.), avoidance of chemical irritants, pet allergens, cold, dry air etc.
You may read more here(www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/asthma.html )
and if you have any questions, you may want to consult your doctor.
Q. Is there a known connection between asthma and cat allergy? I've been with asthma for many years now but usually get several attacks every year and they are caused from being around pine trees or when I'm with a cold- it also affects my breathing. Lately I get serious attacks after being in a house with a cat. I've never knew a cat allergy- I used to pat many and never got breathing difficulties as a result of a touch with them and lately it happends every time. Are cat a known asthma cause? can I do anything to prevent that?Can I maybe overcome it by being next to cats more often and getting myself used to it?