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I am an adult with reactive airways disease. Will this get worse with time?

I am an adult with reactive airways disease. Will this get worse with time?

Not necessarily: Reactive airways are a type of asthma that occur in reaction to viruses, respiratory infections, etc. As long as you recognize the symptoms early and treat them, you should be fine. ...Read more

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It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Is reactive airways a terminal disease?

Is reactive airways a terminal disease?

No: There are different severity of reactive airway diseases. So the answer would be no. ...Read more

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How is reactive airways disease diagnosed?

Spirometry: This can be tested by the use of a spirometer, which may be in your doctor's office or at the local hospital, possibly with a methacholine challenge. ...Read more

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What symptoms mean that my child has reactive airways disease?

What symptoms mean that my child has reactive airways disease?

Cough, wheeze: The 2 most common symptoms are cough and wheezes. These mean he/she may have reactive airways disease (asthma). ...Read more

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What is reactive airway disease?

What is reactive airway disease?

Reactive airway: Reactive airway disease merely means that the bronchioles are responding to an outside allergen resulting in constriction of the smooth muscles. Typical examples are bronchial asthma and bronchitis. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have reactive airway disease?

What can I do if I have reactive airway disease?

Prevention is best: There are usually specific triggers such as smoke inhalation, allergens, and upper respiratory infections that exacerbate the reactive airway. Avoidance of your individual triggers is best. Once an episode is triggered, bronchodilators and inhaled steroids are usually necessary, sometimes oral steroids may be required. ...Read more

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Our 2.5 year old son was diagnosed tioday with reactive airway disease. Should we go on vacation to aruba tomorrow?

Our 2.5 year old son was diagnosed tioday with reactive airway disease. Should we go on vacation to aruba tomorrow?

Depends: It depends on how sick he is right now. If he is coughing a lot and wheezing, it's probably best not to go. However, if his oxygen saturation is good and the nebulizer treatments are helping, you just need to make sure you bring the machine and medications with you. It also depends on how long the flight is and how long your child can go in between treatments. ...Read more

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I have reactive airway disease and not asthma. What is the difference?

I have reactive airway disease and not asthma. What is the difference?

Very mild asthma: More and more we are shying away from using that term. It is usually used to label very mild asthma that flares up very infrequently, usually due to a well-defined trigger like infections, wheather change, pollen, etc. There's a reason asthma meds like albuterol are used for this. ...Read more

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I got diagnosed with reactive airway disease is there any chance I could develop copd?

I got diagnosed with reactive airway disease is there any chance I could develop copd?

Yes. : It depends on who made the diagnosis and what criteria were used to make a diagnosis of reactive airway disease. We do know that historically patients with asthma who were either untreated or undertreated in childhood and adolescence went on to develop COPD in the future. ...Read more

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My son has reactive airway disease and has a fever of 103.4 could the two be.Linked?

My son has reactive airway disease and has a fever of 103.4 could the two be.Linked?

Seek care: Reactive airway disease aka asthma does not cause fevers. However, an upper respiratory illness that causes a fever can trigger his asthma. With his high fever, consider cool compresses and a dose of weight based acetaminophen. Try to keep him hydrated and call the doctors office tomorrow for further guidance. ...Read more

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