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If i have asthma, does that mean that my lung health is very bad?

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Dr. Joshua Davidson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
No: It just implies that you have a tendency to develop changes in your airways that are consistent with asthma. These include swollen lower airways, increased mucous production in your airways, and tightening of muscles that surround your airways. The key is to maintain adequate control of your asthma by seeing an allergist on a regular basis, and doing what you can to minimize your symptoms.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Probably not...: Asthma, by definition, is reversible obstruction. This means, on the right regimen for you, there should be no obstruction measured on your pulmonary function test between exacerbations. During an exacerbation, there is increased obstruction/inflammation which is treated until the airways get back to baseline.

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Last updated Sep 18, 2013

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