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A 21-year-old female asked:

My pulmonologist first said i don't have asthma, just allergies. then i developed a wheeze and he's like you have mild asthma. why can't he be sure ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Variable disease: The mechanism of asthma on a tissue level is based on the imbalance of local chemicals your body makes that control how easily air gets into your lungs. In easy to label asthma, the "keep it open" chemical is very weak & patients wheeze often.Asthma varies from very mild to very bad based on genetics/how your system is balanced.You could have cough variant asthma & never wheeze, just cough.

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Last updated Feb 14, 2017

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