How Long Does Someone Can Fully Recover From an Asthma Attack?

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I found that my asthma really took a turn for the worse one day after playing soccer. But as I had a vital tournament coming, I had to go on playing the whole of that week. I found that my asthma really became extremely severe that I had to nebulise several times and experienced severe constriction in my chest and difficulty in breathing. But I somehow got through all of it. Now a month has passed since then and my asthma has almost subsided and I feel quite better now. But I find that I have been experiencing a constriction in my chest and my asthma keeps rearing its head every once in a while. How long will it really take to completely recover from a severe asthma attack? I am extremely worried that my constriction in the chest will not go away. I would be very grateful if someone could help me out of the quandary I am in by clearing my doubt for me.
asked Feb 7, 2011 by anonymous

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Recovery from an asthma attack may take days to weeks. The more fully you are involved in deciding how to use your medicines properly, the better your future control and safety.

Signs of Improvement:
• Using Albuterol 3-4x/day (no more than every 4 hours)
• No awakening during night
• Little or no wheezing, cough, chest tightness
• PEFR improving or near past best
• Normal activities

Signs of Poor Improvement/Worsening
• Using Albuterol every 3-4 hours or more
• Awakening at night; especially more frequently
• Continued cough, congestion, unable to bring up to bring up mucous
• PEFR not improved, or less than ED discharge
• Normal activities are limited
answered Mar 30, 2013 by lois Diamond Guide (1,245 points)

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