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how does asthma affect the respiratory system

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Dr. Brian Bezack
17 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
Breathing: Asthma causes inflammation and spasm of the small to medium-sized air tubes. This will affect breathing and lead to symptoms such as: shortness of bre ... Read More

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Dr. Linda Green
44 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Asthma and diving: Diving with asthma is a controversial topic. Potential divers with asthma should be evaluated individually by doctors experienced in asthma and diving ... Read More
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Dr. James Sterner
15 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Obstruction: Asthma is considered an obstructive lung disease because the main problem that it causes is getting air out of the lungs.
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Dr. CHERYL COLDWATER
37 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: You can develop asthma at any age. See your doctor to make sure that that is the problem, rather than something else such as pneumonia or COPD.
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Dr. Richard Williams
17 years experience Pharmacy
Big differences: A respiratory infection is an acute , infection that generally improves with antibiotic therapy. Asthma is a chronic condition. Attacks are usual brou ... Read More
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: Asthma is hyperactive airways, or reactive airways, which causes constriction and inflammation in the airways from a certain trigger, such as an aller ... Read More
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Dr. Marc Serota
13 years experience Dermatology
FEV1 decrease: The primary marker is a decrease in the FEV1. This typically reverses by at least 12% following administration of albuterol (a bronchodilator).
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Allergist: A board certified allergist - for a list in your area see www.Aaaai.Org and click on find an allergist.
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Dr. Richard Williams
17 years experience Pharmacy
Get tested: Testing for asthma is a very simple process. It is mostly dependent on your oral history of attacks, when where and why. Respiratory infections can al ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
24 years experience Pediatrics
All smoke can be bad: Anything that is burning can set off brittle asthma.
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