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Forum Name: Asthma

Question: symptom of uncontrolled asthma?

 Anne2 - Thu Sep 02, 2004 12:29 pm

In EMT class, I learned that normal rate of breathing per minute is 12-20x, and like all good students we have to practice on each other. Well, I never thought much about how many times per minute that I breathe until we did this (although I have occasional mild ashma, rarely use an inhaler, do take daily loratidine for allergies,I am 23) most of the time I breathe just fine, I don't ever hyperventilate- my breaths tend to be long, deep, slightly noisy, and either even on the exhale/outhale or slightly longer on the exhale, between 6-10 per minute.(and my pulse rate is always high, BP normal) Are too few breaths per minute a sign of uncontrolled asthma?
 Dr. Russell M - Thu Sep 02, 2004 2:58 pm

User avatar Hi!

Unless you're on a bed in the ICU with all kinds of tubes goin into your body, I do not think that a slight decrease in the respiratory rate should indicate uncontrolled asthma.


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