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A 50-year-old member asked:

how to know if i have asthma or just a nomal cold?

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Dr. William Galli
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Time of onset: If your symtpoms came on after a 'cold' viral illness then possible still reactive/spastic airways. If symtpoms are worse or not getting better you need to see your doctor. Also this depends on your history of exposure like work/industrial/dust and tobacco. All that wheezes is not always asthma. Cardiac issues can also be causing lung issues.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

I'm not sure if I have asthma. What does it feel like?

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Dr. Stephen Kimura
Allergy and Immunology 35 years experience
Variable symptoms.: Classically asthma patients complain of chest tightness, like someone is sitting on their chest. It can feel like you are not "getting air to the bottom of you lungs" or I have even heard that their chest feels "itchy". I will occasionally have non-asthmatics breathe in and out of a coffee stirrer and then have them do jumping jacks, to simulate trying to breathe through a constricted airway.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can I still become a firefighter if I have asthma?

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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Absolutely: Just like asthmatics can be olympic sprinters or swimmers, or anything else they want to be. The key is asthma control, not whether you have asthma or not. If a person's asthma is under excellent control, under the supervision of an allergist, then there should be nothing you can't do!
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Can I still lead a normal life if I have asthma?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Yes: You may have to make some concessions to asthma like not smoking, taking medications to control asthma, taking medication before exercise to prevent bronchospasm, and even finding a new home for your cat. That still fall into my definition of "normal life".
A 27-year-old member asked:

Can I still work abroad even if I have asthma?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes.: In fact, many people with asthma do better in desert climates.
A 52-year-old member asked:

Will I pass a health check even if I have asthma?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Depends: If you control your asthma you will pass.

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