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Yes: When asthma is well controlled a child with asthma can exercise and sleep well without coughing/wheezing at night. Asthma can cause difficulty breathing and lower oxygen saturation levels. A child will become tired while breathing, exercising and cough or wheeze at night. Asthma symptoms can affect the child's energy level, sleep pattern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't smoke: Smoke of all kinds is a potent trigger of inflammation in the respiratory tract. It will worsen asthma, allergies and sinus disease. Smoke will make you prone to infections because it paralyzes the cilia or microscopic hairs that help to clear infections from the lungs and sinuses. Smoke may also increase the likelihood of getting allergic to new things in the environment. Don't smoke! ...Read more
It depends...: A concave chest, also known as a pectus deformity, can cause diminished lung function if severe. Usually however, a pectus deformity does not contribute to an asthma attack. It would be helpful to have lung function evaluated before and during an episode to know what the difference is and whether further evaluation by a chest wall surgeon should be pursued. ...Read more
No: Not typically. The biggest risk factors for COPD are years of smoke exposure and a certain enzyme deficiency that is hereditary. Smoke exposure during the childhood years increases the risk of developing COPD over time, but to have the onset of COPD in childhood would be extremely rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Slightly reduced: Asthma can cause a slight drop in vital capacity but a greater reduction in flow rates (such as fev1). Hence the ratio of fev1 to forced vital capacity is also reduced, suggestive of the characteristic pattern of obstruction. It is important to review the technique of pft to ensure adequate effort was put in while testing as that can also lead to falsely reduced vital capacity. Talk 2 yr lung doc. ...Read more
CHOOSE YOUR POISON !: Marijuana smoke contains bronchial irritants. Inhalation with marijuana is more prolonged & deeper than with tobacco. Higher combustion temperatures are reached because it is smoked to a shorter butt. This leads to a carboxyhemoglobin concentration that is 5 x ^ than tobacco. 3 x more tar is inhaled. Prolonged use of cannabis can lead to airway inflammation, wheezing & ^ in sputum production. ...Read more
Variably: It is important for both mother and baby that the asthma remains under good control, and this can be achieved with medications. Pulmicort and singulair (montelukast) have category b ratings for pregnancy.It is reported that approximatley 1/3 of pregnant asthmatics improve, 1/3 worsen and 1/3 remain the same. Deterioration of asthma during pregnancy can deprive the baby of oxygen and lead to premature birth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Definitely a trigger: A variety of external and internal factors can trigger a migraine attack in certain individuals who may have a genetic or neurochemical predisposition to migraine. External triggers such as weather-related changes, high humidity, sensory input such as flashing lights, sunlight, loud noises, and exposure to odors, smoking, alcohol (red wine) and stress have all been implicated in migraine. ...Read more
Causes emphysema!: I completely agree with dr ferranti's answer. The only thing i will add is that smoking is the number one cause of emphysema/copd. It is never too late to stop. While the damage does not reverse, the rate of damage returns to a more normal level of expected decline. Stopping at any time can add years to life and maybe delay disability. Please stop! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Smoking : Smoking adversely effects many parts of the body. The organs that are mostly effected are obviously the lungs. Damaging the lungs with smoking can cause pulmonary hypertension, having pulmonary atresia as an already existing problem the two can become exponentially worse and if severe can cause right heart failure. ...Read more
Several ways: In very severe prolonged asthma: if you become hypoxic (low oxygen) and acidotic (build up of carbon dioxide), your heart may go out of rhythm (fibrillate) and stop. Over many years of copd, the damaged lungs cause elevated pressure in the pulmonary artery causing the right ventricle to thicken (cor pulmonale), enlarge, and fail. ...Read more
Increases: During an asthma flare or attack, frequently the respiratory rate increases (like panting). However, some people having asthma can have normal respiratory rate. When a person has controlled asthma or not experiencing asthma symptoms, the respiratory rate should be normal. Having asthma should not change the baseline respiratory rate. ...Read more
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