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Dr. Manav Singla
23 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Breathing problem: Asthma is a life-long breathing problem. It is caused by swelling and closing of the airways and can make it hard to breathe. You cannot see airways because they are inside the body, connected to the lungs. If your child has asthma and it’s not treated, it could limit the activities your child can participate in, as well as her ability to feel well and be alert in school.
Answered on Apr 23, 2019
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Dr. William Walsh
17 years experience Addiction Medicine
Syndrome: Asthma is not one disease, but a collection of symptoms and problems that we treat similarly. The main problem in asthma is inflammation (swelling) in the small air conducting units in the lung combined with spasm of those airways. The problems is thought to mostly be caused by allergens in the air - but this may not always be true.
Answered on Jul 12, 2017
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Definition...: Asthma is a disease of the airways characterized by recurrent acute exacerbations of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Between exacerbations, most asthmatics have no symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments.
Answered on Aug 30, 2018
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Dr. Boris Ripa
36 years experience Pediatrics
Chronic disease: Of bronchi characterized by constriction, iflamation and increased sputum production.
Answered on Nov 15, 2014
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Dr. John McMahan
48 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Asthma: Asthma is a general description meaning you wheeze easily or frequently. There are contributing factors: allergy, sinus infections and reflux disorders are the most common. Asthma is often treated as an isolated lung condition... as if the wheezing is the disease when it's often only the symptom of other underlying issues. If the factors are controlled the "asthma" can become a non-issue.
Answered on Apr 2, 2017
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Dr. Michael Rupp
21 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Lung Inflammation: Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lungs that leads to narrowing of the airways and increased reactivity of the airways causing spasms of the muscles in the airway walls which makes you feel short of breath. It is usually caused by allergies, but can be caused by infections, chemical exposures, and many other things. IT can sometimes be cured with allergy shots aka immunotherapy.
Answered on Jan 16, 2016
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