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what are the benefits of sauna steam rooms for asthma

A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
For some: Hot moist air can trigger asthma attacks, consult with your doctor who manages your asthma, they know you better.

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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Likely OK: If you don't have active asthma, you'll likely be fine. But be aware, you can never tell what may set off "asthmatic" lungs. It's possible that the " ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gavin Graff
29 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
?: Who said steam is good for asthma? Depending on severity you need bronchodilators and or antiinflammatory agents.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience Pediatrics
Slowly: I applaud your desire to begin a regular exercise program. You should start slowly--alternating light jogging with walking--and increasing the speed/a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Neesheet Parikh
13 years experience Sports Medicine
Possibly: Theoretically, it should open up your pores in the skin, loosen up mucus in the sinuses, help loosen up sore muscles and increase blood flow. It is r ... Read More
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A 81-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Risks: OUTWEIGH Benefits my opinion... the RISKS are the normal strain Steam baths put on your heart (increased heart rate) loss of important electrolyt ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Mixed: The main benefits are that they are strong antiinflammatories and can decrease the risk of asthma exacerbations substantially. In high doses they can ... Read More
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A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Avoid using them: They have little benefit and there is a risk of burning the skin.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Vaporizer: It moisturises the respiratory tree making secretion easier to be expectorated.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Humidity/vapor: A humidifier is basically a fan that draws moisture from a paper or metallic wick & adds it to air in the room. A vaporizer makes a mist. Old style va ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lokesh Guglani
20 years experience Pediatric Pulmonology
No disadvantages: Yoga has been shown to benefit patients with asthma. Specific breathing exercises such as pranayama that are taught in yoga can be especially helpful. ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Not much of either : Icing can reduce pain, swellling, pain and inflammation, but a cold shower is probably not cold enough nor does it provide enough consistent skin cont ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Asthma specialist: would help you better, can't help you online, you need to be well evaluated before starting any treatment, it isn't one treatment that fits all, every ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rhett Griggs
18 years experience Hand Surgery
Skin cancer: Don't go.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
None: It depend on overall good health, including diet!
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayana Trivedi
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Keep mucosa moist: Usually oral and eye dryness is the problem. If nasal dryness is symptomatic you can try humdifier and apply vaseline inthe nastril at night to preven ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Cool for cough...: Cool mist humidifiers can provide welcome soothing relief for inflamed, irritated bronchial tubes & its companion confounding cough; whereas, hot vapo ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Ewald
42 years experience Internal Medicine
Pseudomonas Follicul: If hot tubs and jaccuzi's are not maintained properly several different kinds of miccroorganizsms can infect skin pores. A common one is pseudomonas ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
E- cigs: I think you are talking about e-cigs. The benefit is that those around you are not exposed to second hand smoke. Otherwise, you still continue to depe ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elton Behner
36 years experience Dentistry
Helps cleansing: It increases blood flow. aids in exfoliation of old skin, opens up the pores, softens the skin for easier cleansing.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
All pros: Vaporizing marijuana releases the medicinally active cannabinoids without burning the plant releasing toxic byproducts of combustion that can be respi ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Hospitalist: Hospitalists are specialized physicians who take care of inpatients. They may be internists for internal medicine patients, pediatrist for children an ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Eitner
33 years experience Family Medicine
Yes And Yes: Basically, ice baths are good for stopping inflamation and pain, speed healing after a work out or competition. Hot baths are good for increasing c ... Read More
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