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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Overview)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc.


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What are the symptoms of asthma?

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma: Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
Coughing- Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep.
Wheezing- Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe (exhale). Chest tightness- may feel like somebody sitting on your chest. Shortness of breath. Difficulty getting air out. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
3,026 Doctors shared insights

Asthma (Overview)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc.


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What are the tests for adult asthma?

What are the tests for adult asthma?

Tests...: To diagnose asthma, one needs to diagnose recurrent bronchospasm and airway inflammation. This can be done by a doctor based on clinical grounds (example: the doctor hears wheezing/coughing on more than one occasion and it resolves completely with treatment). Or, the diagnosis can be made in the pulmonary function lab if this diagnosis is suspected but the physical exam is normal. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Asthma (Tip)

Most children outgrow asthma after 3 years. ...See more

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Living with Asthma (Checklist)

See an allergist
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Follow recommendations to minimize your exposure to allergens
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Be sure to get an initial lung function test
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Get lung function tests before and one month after you change your medications
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What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

Many: The most common triggers in the home are animal dander, dust mites, smoke (tobacco) polution, molds and assorted others. Ideally you can fous in on the particular trigger but this is often difficult to say the least. Removing carpeting ; rugs is a start as well as keeping cats and dogs out of your bedroom. Dust mites can be controlled in your bedroom by using special mattress covers. Air purifiers. ...Read more

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What are the differences between child asthma vs. Adult asthma?

What are the differences between child asthma vs. Adult asthma?

Young or old adult?: Young adults - 30s & 40s - with asthma have had it since childhood or had it during childhood, then had resolution for a decade or so, followed by recurrence. They might recall only having bronchitis often when younger. This is a continuation of a chronic, usually allergy-based illness from childhood. Asthma starting after age 50 is a different disease & usually not allergic in origin. ...Read more

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Asthma (Tip)

Most patients with asthma attacks do not require any initial laboratory studies in the er. ...See more

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How does asthma spread?

How does asthma spread?

Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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What is the symptom of asthma?

What is the symptom of asthma?

Wheezing: Asthma classically has shortness of breath and wheezing. Other subtle symptoms can be a persistent cough, shortness of breath with exercise or a decreased exercise tolerance. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
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Asthma (Tip)

Inhaled medications are the safest and most effective medications for treating asthma. ...See more

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Is there any way to help reduce the symptoms of asthma I get while exercising?

Is there any way to help reduce the symptoms of asthma I get while exercising?

Yes.: There are several treatments available for eib (exercise induced bronchospasm). Your doctor can prescribe them for you after they check to make sure that it is not an underlying problem with asthma that needs treating. The treatments are not exactly the same. ...Read more

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What are the signs that asthma is getting worse?

What are the signs that asthma is getting worse?

Difficulties: Difficulty breathing, increased cough, increased wheezing, trouble sleeping or cough at night, decreased exercise tolerance (you can't do as much), and so on. If you measure your breath, you may have a decrease in the amount you can forcibly breath out. If you have pulmonary function testing done, it shows more airway obstruction (usually). More importantly, you feel worse. ...Read more

Dr. Cary Nelson Dr. Nelson
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Asthma (Tip)

Smoking will worsen your asthma both in the short and long term. ...See more

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If treatments for asthma diagnosis aren't helping wit a chronic cough, should my daughter be tested for other things? If so, wat? Been coughing for 7wks+

Chronic cough: There are a variety of reasons for a chronic cough: asthma, infection, postnatal drip from allergies, reflux, problems with the larynx, etc. See your doctor for a thorough work up. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose asthma?

Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves after a medication to open airways (albuterol). If symptoms are suggestive (chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, typically worse at night) and criteria are met on a breathing test, then asthma can be definitively diagnosed. ...Read more

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Asthma (Tip)

Be sure to carry asthma inhalers in your car, gym bag, and on your person. ...See more

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Do children outgrow their asthma?

Do children outgrow their asthma?

Perhaps: This is an area of controversy in medicine. Statistically, there are many children with childhood asthma who grow up to not complain of symptoms; however it is not clear if they are just avoiding activity that incites asthma or are used to the symptoms and don't seek treatment. So, it is possible to be an adult who had childhood asthma and be relatively symptom free. ...Read more

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What is the definitive test for asthma or c o p d?

What is the definitive test for asthma or c o p d?

15 to 20% reversible: Reversibility of airway spasm is the test. A 15 to 20% improvement in airway narrowing seen in fev1 test after administration of a bronchodilator is considered the suggestive of asthma. Lung tests (spirometry) showing airflow limitation (fev1/fvc less than 70%) plus fev1 less than 80% that is incompletely reversible after administration of bronchodilator is supportive of the diagnosis of copd. ...Read more

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Asthma (Tip)

Just because asthma "runs in your family" does not mean that you have to suffer from it. ...See more

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Are there any home tests for asthma?

Are there any home tests for asthma?

Sort of.: If you have a diagnosis of asthma from a qualified health care provider, you may be provided with a peak flow meter to follow your peak expiratory flow rates at home. This will help you manage your asthma better. ...Read more

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How do you know you have asthma if you've never been diagnosed with it or have had symptoms? What are the signs and is it possible to have it now?

Testing available: asthma is a condition where the airways in your lungs narrow. Typically this presents with chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and/or cough. you may have just discovered asthma if you were exposed to a new trigger (such as pollen, animals, tobacco smoke, etc). your lung function can be tested to diagnose asthma. Talk to your doctor for a referral if you are really concerned ...Read more

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Asthma (Tip)

Have a written asthma action plan. It can tell you which medication & how much to take and when. ...See more

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What causes asthma?

What causes asthma?

Also infection: While 80% of asthma patients have allergies, there are patients whose asthma starts after they had a respiratory infection. Those infections can be due to viruses such as influenza (the real flu) or certain bacteria such as mycoplasma or chlamydia. Such patients are usually older and have no history of allergy. Still, patients who already have asthma and get infected, their asthma will get worse. ...Read more

Dr. Cary Nelson Dr. Nelson
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Asthma (Tip)

Do have a preventive asthma visit with your doctor. Don't only go when it acts up. ...See more

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. ...Read more

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How is asthma treated usually?

How is asthma treated usually?

Inhalers: Most people with asthma will need a bronchodilator (albuterol) for acute symptoms, and often will also need an inhaled steroid (flovent, azmacort, (triamcinolone) or similar) to prevent chronic symptoms. Allergy avoidance is also important. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
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Asthma (Tip)

Having an asthma action plan and being educated and aware of using it correctly is most important. ...See more

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Are there natural alternatives to treating asthma?

Are there natural alternatives to treating asthma?

Sure.: There are natural alternatives to everything. For asthma they are (1) avoid smoking & second-hand smoke (2) avoid obesity (3) omega-3 and vitamin d (4) reduce stress (5) live in a rural area (6) use ma huang aka mormon tea & cromolyn - natural medications no longer available in this country. These measures may help mild asthma. For more severe asthma you will likely need prescription medications. ...Read more

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Is there any permanent cure treatment for asthma for a child?

Is there any permanent cure treatment for asthma for a child?

No: At the this time, with our present medical knowledge, there is no permanent cure for asthma. Asthma is an atopic disease where hypersensitivity develops in the lungs and can be triggered by many things. Treatment can be temporary or life-long and there is no way to predict whether someone will improve to where meds are not needed. ...Read more

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