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Oxygen levels coming off attack?

After having a family member phone nhs line, they were urgent to send an ambulance but didn’t know how long it would take due to being crazy busy, so we decided to use our car to get there. Once getting there , I was clearly making a funny wheeze sound, everyone was staring, my chest was tight, back home my fingernails were turning blue, but as I waited 30 MINTES to even get help, it all calmed down due to the many many puffs I took I believe. So when I saw the nurse for first assessment, my oxygen stats were 100% , I could speak words but not fully, during my time in there waiting for her to find a peak flow I stopped wheezing and felt a lot better. I’m wondering why my oxygen levels were 100% is that normal? Especially coming off from an attack?

After seeing the doctor, he said I had a pretty bad attack with all my symptoms (at least he was understanding) and gave me a lot of advice to help me through future ones) he also ruled out any other infection that could be causing this, staging that it was a trigger (the fire was on a lot in the house I was in during a meal for hours) and my peak flow was 270 averaged which was lower than 450 but enough for me to be able to go home

Should I visit another gp temporarily here? Which I’m not sure if they’ll help, or try and survive through another week till uni

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Hi loulouliss1

Sorry to hear you've been in and out of hospital recently with your asthma. To answer your question about O2 sats. Oxygen saturation is a measure of how much oxygen your blood is carrying at that point in time and it is possible to have normal or near-normal oxygen saturation even in the middle of a severe asthma attack.

We do suggest that you go to see your GP within 2 days of coming out of hospital. At the appointment, the GP or

asthma nurse will help you put steps in place to regain some control over your asthma. For example, they will check you’re using your inhalers properly, so you get the full benefits from your medicine. If you don't have an action plan it's worth putting one in place these are filled out with your GP or asthma nurse: bit.ly/2Cv7INK

And remember to give yourself time to recover as it can take a while to fully get back to normal from an attack.

Hope that helps,



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