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A 19-year-old female asked:

how asthma happens?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Inflammation: There are many causes of asthma, allergies and pollution and reactions to infections are just a few. Inflammation builds up in the airways and so does tightening of the muscles in their walls and then asthma is triggered by certain factors and mucus can plug the airways in severe cases.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What could happen if asthma is left untreated?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Worsening symptoms: Untreated asthma can worsen to the point that you end up on a ventillator or even die. I've personally disconnected the ventillator after declaring brain death for a child with out of control asthma. It was a very sad day.
A 24-year-old male asked:

After playing a couple hours of basketball i noticed it was hard catch my breath? Hr was very elevated and this has happened before . E.I. Asthma?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Could be: 90% of all people have asthma have exercise as a trigger. The symptoms usually occur about 6 into aerobic exercise. Symptoms are problems exhaling, cough, wheeze, shortness of breath or chest tightness. With rest, the symptoms resolve. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform exercise lung function testing to confirm or rule out exercise induced bronchospasm (asthma). There is good treatment.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What will happen if i stop using my controller medicine for my asthma and when will i know my asthma is starting to get worse again?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Within days: The good effect of controller medications will be gone within days of stopping them. Some people will not "feel" anything initially, but lung function as measured by peak flow meter or spirometry can decrease before symptoms of cough, wheeze, shortness of breath or chest tightness appear. It's best to adjust asthma medications with your doctor. Waiting for symptoms is too late!
A 36-year-old member asked:

What will happen if asthma goes untreated?

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Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Difficult to answer: Apart from the immediate consequences (not being able to breathe, long term untreated asthma can cause the lungs to lose their elasticity and the patient can develop COPD . If you have asthma, get treated. If you're not sure, get diagnosed.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What can happen if you are smoking while having asthma?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Asthma and smoking: These 2 don't go well together, you are asking for trouble. You are adding insult to injury by adding toxins to an inflamed airway and it is going to potentiate the problem and trigger asthma attacks and further the severity of your symptoms.

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