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How is hypoxia treated when you have asthma?

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You'll need to go to the hospital. You'll get oxygen either through a small plug in your nose or through a mask that covers your nose and mouth. For many people, this is enough to bring your level up to normal.

An inhaler or asthma medicine by mouth may make breathing easier. If these don't help, the doctor might try giving you medicine through a vein in your arm (an IV). You could also need steroid drugs for a short time to shrink inflammation in your lungs.

When your life is in danger and other treatments don't work, you may need a machine to help you breathe.

From: Hypoxia and Hypoxemia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Leach, R. November 1998. BMJ,

Lian, J. March 2009. Nursing 2014 Critical Care.

Medscape: "Hypoventilation syndromes."

Papiris, S. 2002. Critical Care,

Pittman, R. Oxygen Transport in Normal and Pathological States: Defects and Compensations.

Samuel, J. "Hypoxemia and Hypoxia."

UpToDate: "Oxygenation and mechanisms of hypoxemia."

CDC.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Leach, R. November 1998. BMJ,

Lian, J. March 2009. Nursing 2014 Critical Care.

Medscape: "Hypoventilation syndromes."

Papiris, S. 2002. Critical Care,

Pittman, R. Oxygen Transport in Normal and Pathological States: Defects and Compensations.

Samuel, J. "Hypoxemia and Hypoxia."

UpToDate: "Oxygenation and mechanisms of hypoxemia."

CDC.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 30, 2018

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