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If You Fail A Pft Does It Mean You Have Asthma
Not necessarily: "failing" a pft can mean the presence of obstruction like in asthma or COPD but there can also be restrictive lung disease which is caused by a whole lot of diseases including fibrosis, musculoskeletal disease, etc. There is also a diffusing capacity which could be abnormal due to many factors. So, not all abnormal pfts mean asthma is present! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pulmonary function tests is a term used to describe a group of tests done to determine lung function. Spirometry measures the amount of air that can be taken in as well as the flow rate of forcefully exhaled air . A graph is generated and can be used to determine lung function. Likewise lung volumes and diffusing capacity determine the capacity as well as ...Read more
What happens if you have emphysema, can you still use nicotine inhalers or does this still damage your lungs?
No: although you may have more trouble with cough after using the inhaler. It is NOT nicotine that causes damage to the lungs, it is the other substances in tobacco smoke - "tars" are organic compunds produced by tobacco combustion, plus things like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and many other additives, flavorings, preservatives etc. I would recommend the nicotine lozenges instead to avoid cough. ...Read more
Doctor eval...: Clinically, the chest pain description can suggest the diagnosis but sometimes, testing is needed to determine whether or not it is due to a cardiac etiology. An ekg and/or stress test, etc. Can determine if the chest pain is due to a cardiac cause. Once this is ruled out, other etiologies, like asthma, musculoskeletal pain, etc. Can then be diagnosed. See a doctor if you have chest pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably nothing: It depends what type of inhaler. Albuterol might cause transient increase in heart beat. An inhaled steroid wouldn't cause any short term effect (maybe thrush/yeast in your mouth if you did it wrong). In general asthma inhalers are very safe. They are designed to help people with contracted airways in asthmatics. If you don't have that you shouldn't expect to see an effect. ...Read more
Side effects: Without asthma a preventive inhaler that has steroids in it can give you thrush, a fungus that can invade the mouth and throat. A bronchodilator will often make your heart beat faster and make you shakey. If you don't have asthma there is no benefit, only side effects. If your asthma is controlled with medications it may come back if you stop inhalers, they do not cure asthma. ...Read more
Possibilities...: The most common etiology of hemoptysis, coughing blood, is bronchitis. But, malignancy, including in the throat, lung, etc., is another possibility. So, hemoptysis always requires a work-up to rule out malignancy. See your doctor if you are experiencing hemoptysis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have asthma..Will your oxygen levels be decreased? If it always shows above 98..Most likely you don't have asthma.
No: The two conditions are independent.Get a more detailed answer ›
Exposure not disease: A positive TB test indicates past exposure to the bug that causes tb. Whether you have active TB disease or not depends on whether you are symptomatic or have signs of TB disease on chest xray or other appropriate tests based on your symptoms. Those that only have a positive TB test but none of the above have latent tb. Talk to your doctor who can do additional tests to figure out if you have tb. ...Read more
Depends: If the ligaments are lax, a combination of prolotherapy and stem cell treatments can help to get them strong again. Obviously, you will need to do your part in physical therapy and exercise in order to get the best results. Look into Regenexx, they have the best system for treating these things with stem cells and have different options. They even discuss optimal medicines and foods for healing ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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