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What causes breathlessness, weakness and excessive sweating in an asthma patient?

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Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2016
Question: Hi Doctor. I started getting sick on Saturday. It came at me all of a sudden. I have asthma and occasionally low blood sugar. It may have felt like both at the same time. I was out of breath very weak . I was also sweating in air conditioning. My lower abfomam is cramping badly and I get dizzy and have fainted 3 times and many !pre almosts
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil (43 minutes later)
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Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

The symptoms don't point towards a specific condition but most likely acute exacerbation of asthma leading to the picture that you described. Based on your description that you have fainted thrice , the syncope history should be taken seriously. Peak expiratory flow, Oxygen saturation, respiratory and heart rate needs to be assessed to determine the severity or exacerbation of asthma. Basic metabolic panel also needs to be done including blood sugar and corrected. Blood counts including TLC and ESR should be done to rule out sepsis.


Wishing you best of health

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Let me know if you have any query

Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action.

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Dr. M.S. Khalil
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What causes breathlessness, weakness and excessive sweating in an asthma patient?

Brief Answer: Explained Detailed Answer: Hello and Welcome I appreciate your concern The symptoms don't point towards a specific condition but most likely acute exacerbation of asthma leading to the picture that you described. Based on your description that you have fainted thrice , the syncope history should be taken seriously. Peak expiratory flow, Oxygen saturation, respiratory and heart rate needs to be assessed to determine the severity or exacerbation of asthma. Basic metabolic panel also needs to be done including blood sugar and corrected. Blood counts including TLC and ESR should be done to rule out sepsis. Wishing you best of health Thanks Let me know if you have any query Please consult your doctor before deciding on any further course of action. For future follow up / correspondence you may ask me directly at the link given below http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=68107 Dr. M.S. Khalil