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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Overview)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused most often by allergies.


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What are the symptoms of asthma?

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma: Common signs and symptoms of asthma include: Coughing- Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep. Wheezing- Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe (exhale). Chest tightness- may feel like somebody sitting on your chest. Shortness of breath. Difficulty getting air out. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,046 doctors shared insights

Asthma (Overview)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused most often by allergies.


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What are the tests for adult asthma?

What are the tests for adult asthma?

Tests...: To diagnose asthma, one needs to diagnose recurrent bronchospasm and airway inflammation. This can be done by a doctor based on clinical grounds (example: the doctor hears wheezing/coughing on more than one occasion and it resolves completely with treatment). Or, the diagnosis can be made in the pulmonary function lab if this diagnosis is suspected but the physical exam is normal. ...Read more

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Living with Asthma (Checklist)

See an allergist
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Follow recommendations to minimize your exposure to allergens
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Be sure to get an initial lung function test
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Get lung function tests before and one month after you change your medications
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What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

Many: The most common triggers in the home are animal dander, dust mites, smoke (tobacco) polution, molds and assorted others. Ideally you can fous in on the particular trigger but this is often difficult to say the least. Removing carpeting ; rugs is a start as well as keeping cats and dogs out of your bedroom. Dust mites can be controlled in your bedroom by using special mattress covers. Air purifiers. ...Read more

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What are the differences between child asthma vs. Adult asthma?

What are the differences between child asthma vs. Adult asthma?

Young or old adult?: Young adults - 30s & 40s - with asthma have had it since childhood or had it during childhood, then had resolution for a decade or so, followed by recurrence. They might recall only having bronchitis often when younger. This is a continuation of a chronic, usually allergy-based illness from childhood. Asthma starting after age 50 is a different disease & usually not allergic in origin. ...Read more

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Asthma problem breathing?

Asthma problem breathing?

Check with your doc: Check if you have asthma with your doc. If you really have asthma you may need anti-inflammatory medication such as inhaled steroids. No reason to wait seeing your doc. ...Read more

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Is Bronchial Asthma contagious?

No: asthma isn't contagious, viral diseases can resemble asthma, and they are contagious, but asthma as it is no, ...Read more

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Asthma breathing problem?

Asthma breathing problem?

Asthma: First off, quit the cigs. Then you need to have pulmonary function testing. Afterwards, your asthma doctor (if you have asthma) will prescribe daily controller therapy in the form, most likely, of an inhaler medication(s). ...Read more

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How does asthma spread?

How does asthma spread?

Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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Do inhalers cure asthma?

Do inhalers cure asthma?

No: Unfortunately, the is no cure for asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that may "flare" depending upon an individual's triggers. Studies performed with disease "controllers" (oral leukotriene receptor antagonists and inhaled corticosteroids) to see if "cure" or prevention are possible. Unfortunately, any gains that are obtained while on those medications are lost when stopped. ...Read more

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What is the symptom of asthma?

What is the symptom of asthma?

Wheezing: Asthma classically has shortness of breath and wheezing. Other subtle symptoms can be a persistent cough, shortness of breath with exercise or a decreased exercise tolerance. ...Read more

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Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Unfortunately, yes: Many medicines can cause asthma as a side effect, (airway tightness rather). The most known for that are the LABAs (Long Acting Beta Agonists) meant for long term control of asthma and for airways to remain open for a longer period, but unfortunately led in some patients, especially during an asthma flare, to a paradoxical effect: airway tightening!! Hence the black box warning by the FDA ...Read more

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Is there any way to help reduce the symptoms of asthma I get while exercising?

Is there any way to help reduce the symptoms of asthma I get while exercising?

Yes.: There are several treatments available for eib (exercise induced bronchospasm). Your doctor can prescribe them for you after they check to make sure that it is not an underlying problem with asthma that needs treating. The treatments are not exactly the same. ...Read more

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What are the signs that asthma is getting worse?

Difficulties: Difficulty breathing, increased cough, increased wheezing, trouble sleeping or cough at night, decreased exercise tolerance (you can't do as much), and so on. If you measure your breath, you may have a decrease in the amount you can forcibly breath out. If you have pulmonary function testing done, it shows more airway obstruction (usually). More importantly, you feel worse. ...Read more

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What are bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis?

What are bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis?

Different Conditions: Bronchial Asthma is chronic Inflamatory disease of the airways&causes episodes of Bronchospasm causing cough,Wheezing&shortness of breath which is reversible with use of Bronchodilaters like Albuterol Chronic Bronchitis is inflammation&irritation of the airways and is irreversible even with use of Bronchodilatrs like Albuterol and it produces excessive mucus and cough persist more than3months/year ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies make asthma worse?

Can seasonal allergies make asthma worse?

Yes: Yes, seasonal allergies can definitely make your asthma worse, especially if you have IgE or allergic induced asthma. Make sure your allergies and asthma are both well controlled with daily nasal sprays and inhaled sprays. Maximizing control of both upper and lower airways will keep you from progressing to a full blown exacerbation. See Allergist for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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If treatments for asthma diagnosis aren't helping wit a chronic cough, should my daughter be tested for other things?If so, wat?Been coughing for 7wks+

Chronic cough: There are a variety of reasons for a chronic cough: asthma, infection, postnatal drip from allergies, reflux, problems with the larynx, etc. See your doctor for a thorough work up. ...Read more

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Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

The combination help: Pulmicort is an inhaled steroid that reduces inflammation in the lung. Serevent (salmeterol) is a long acting bronchodilator that when used with an inhaled steroid, can help the effectivess of the inhaled steroid. Serevent (salmeterol) used without the inhaled steroid can over 1-2 weeks or more can make asthma worse. Serevent (salmeterol) with asthma should only be used with an inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose asthma?

Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves after a medication to open airways (albuterol). If symptoms are suggestive (chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, typically worse at night) and criteria are met on a breathing test, then asthma can be definitively diagnosed. ...Read more

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Can inhalers cause asthma?

Can inhalers cause asthma?

Possibly: Often inhalers can cause "bronchospasms". This is more common with powder inhalers than metered dose inhalers. ...Read more

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