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Are your lungs damaged by each asthma attack?

Are your lungs damaged by each asthma attack?

Yes and No: In the short term, yes, the airways become inflamed with asthma attacks, and this leads to overproduction of mucous as well. Typically people recover fully from an asthma attack. However, if asthma goes uncontrolled for years, the airways and lung tissue can eventually scar. Scar tissue, unlike normal tissue, does not function normally. Once scarring occurs, the effects are typically permanent. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Are your lungs being damaged by every asthma attack?

Are your lungs being damaged by every asthma attack?

Not necessarily: An attack is from bronchspasm that usually reverses with inhalers. But uncontrolled asthma can cause frequent attacks and when uncontrolled, inflammation builds up in the airway wall and some of it becomes irreversible. ...Read more

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I have lung pain after severe asthma attack?

I have lung pain after severe asthma attack?

Needs to be checked: You are being treated for severe asthma and have pain which you describe as lung pain, probably pain in the chest.
It needs to be checked and you may need a chest xray or cat scan to find out the cause of your pain
it may be pain in the chest wall, coming from pleura or lungs. ...Read more

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I sometimes have difficulty breathing, like my lungs feel "heavy". No cough or colds & I havnt had an asthma attack for years now. What could this be?

I sometimes have difficulty breathing, like my lungs feel "heavy". No cough or colds & I havnt had an asthma attack for years now. What could this be?

Difficulty in breati: You have a past history of bronchial asthma and it can be an attack of asthma with or without infectious process like bronchitis or pneumonia.The fact is asthma can always come back if there is a trigger. You need to see your doctor and need a pulmonary function test after clinical evaluation, and xray chest exam. Then you can be treated with inhaled steroids, bronchdilaters with/without antibiotics. ...Read more

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I believe my mom has asthma attack. It is hard for her to sleep, you can hear her lungs, it is hard for her to breathe or even speak. What can I help?

I believe my mom has asthma attack. It is hard for her to sleep, you can hear her lungs, it is hard for her to breathe or even speak. What can I help?

Have her seen: Breathing difficulty as that of an asthma attack doesn't improve until treated. Various lung infections and conditions can have similar symptoms. If her lung difficulties are preventing her from normal activities like sleep, self care, taking meals, etc. She should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an asthma attack only in the left lung? If not what could be the reason for wheezing and coughing up phlegm in 1 lung? Thanks

Is it possible to have an asthma attack only in the left lung? If not what could be the reason for wheezing and coughing up phlegm in 1 lung? Thanks

No: You could have more mucus on one side producing more sounds. Pneumonia could affect one side only. Occasionally, you could have aspirated something into one lung causing more problems there. Fungal problems can occur in asthma and could be localized to one side. ...Read more

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Can a person with asthma have normal chest sounds during asthma attack?

Tricky: They can be missed for being an asthma attack easily. Often the overall airflow is really low so you might not hear any breath sounds and not hear wheeze. WIth a bit of careful attention you'd still catch this as abnormal. ...Read more

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Can a concave chest affect asthma attack?

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

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I have asthma and I'm having really bad pains in my chest. Does this mean I'm having or going to have an asthma attack?

I have asthma and I'm having really bad pains in my chest. Does this mean I'm having or going to have an asthma attack?

Could be: Bad pains in the chest could be many things ranging from a pulled muscle to heartburn to bronchitis to a heart attack. Pains would not mean that you are going to have asthma but it could mean you pulled a muscle from coughing due to asthma. ...Read more

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I've had a history of Asthma but have never had an asthma attack. My mom is convinced I grew out of my Asthma but for the last few hours my chest has been tightening and when I breathe it feels very cold and hurts and this is exactly how I used to feel be

I've had a history of Asthma but have never had an asthma attack. My mom is convinced I grew out of my Asthma but for the last few hours my chest has been tightening and when I breathe it feels very cold and hurts and this is exactly how I used to feel be

Get it checked!: One never really outgrows asthma. You can have no symptoms for years and then it will flair up again. There may also be something else going on so please have it checked out soon. ...Read more

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I have asthma and my chest feels tight and I am finding it hard to breathe, am I having an asthma attack?

I have asthma and my chest feels tight and I am finding it hard to breathe, am I having an asthma attack?

Not good: This means your asthma is under poor control and time to see your doctor before it gets even worse. Run, don't walk to his/her office. ...Read more

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Cough/mucus in chest. Can't expel without stridor/asthma attack. On amox/prednisone 3 days. Mucus not better. Are more meds/tests needed?

Cough/mucus in chest. Can't expel without stridor/asthma attack. On amox/prednisone 3 days. Mucus not better. Are more meds/tests needed?

Asthma attack: You know your problems are related to allergies and asthma and you say you are not using any inhaler
you should talk to your doc how to control and relieve asthma symptoms
you need to take controller meds like inhaled sterois with/without long term bronchodilaters, like advair and dullera twice a day, singular
and reliever mds like albuterol or duoneb.
In acute cases you need oral steroids short c. ...Read more

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Athsma - Having troubles with asthma during the nights get tight chest, coughing, heart racing and feel dizzy. Is this some sort of asthma attack?

Athsma - Having troubles with asthma during the nights get tight chest, coughing, heart racing and feel dizzy. Is this some sort of asthma attack?

Yes;see an allergist: Hi...I am not sure if you have already been diagnosed with asthma? but yes the symptoms are probably of asthma...there are many causes. Allergy, cold air, pollution etc.....sounds like you need a controller medicine as well as one for quick relief...see an allergy speicalist...or at least your family Dr until you can see the specialist read more here: http://acaai. Org/asthma/symptoms
Good luck ...Read more

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I'm on oxygen from a asthma attack I had trying to get off o2 but when I do chest gets tight like air isn't moving they and wheeze I take treatments?

I'm on oxygen from a asthma attack I had trying to get off o2 but when I do chest gets tight like air isn't moving they and wheeze I take treatments?

Asthma: Sounds like severe asthma. I highly recommend that you see an allergist to determine your triggers and get it under control. You may be a good candidate for xolair treatment. Find an allergist at www. Aaaai. Org or www. Acaai. Org. ...Read more

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Are chest tightness, tiredness, shortness of breath, and light headedness early, mid, or late asthma attack symptoms?

Are chest tightness, tiredness, shortness of breath, and light headedness early, mid, or late asthma attack symptoms?

Asthma: These are common symptoms in asthma exacerbations of all degrees and should prompt you to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What to expect the day after asthma attack? Asthma attack last night (w/ coughing) my chest /stomach are sore and I feel exhausted, Is that normal?

What to expect the day after asthma attack? Asthma attack last night (w/ coughing) my chest /stomach are sore and I feel exhausted, Is that normal?

Asthma: When coughing strongly and frequently the
rib cage muscles strain so might have fatigue,
cough and muscle strain. You can take Advil
every 6 hrs and continue asthma medications,
usually feeling better after 2-3 days. If not or if
asthma symptoms worsen, see your MD, contact health tap for further questions. ...Read more

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I had rhinoplasty 3 days ago. Day 2 had mild asthma attack lead to what feels like a chest cold. Feel under the weather. Taking keflex. Is nose ok?

Call surgeon: In all likelihood, it is likely that there is no problem. However your surgeon is likely the best source for this answer. ...Read more

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I received chest xray which came back negative and told it was an asthma attack and given Prednisone. 3 days in still awful wheezing and green mucus?

I received chest xray which came back negative and told it was an asthma attack and given Prednisone. 3 days in still awful wheezing and green mucus?

I'm not sure: What your question is. If you could please re-submit with a question, one of us would be happy to try to help you. You can also submit a question/request a consult on HealthTap Prime. ...Read more

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I have mild ashtma but never had asthma attack. However when I am around tobacco smoke, my throat and chest tighten up. Allergic to 2nd hand tobacco smoke? Is there such a thing?

I have mild ashtma but never had asthma attack. However when I am around tobacco smoke, my throat and chest tighten up. Allergic to 2nd hand tobacco smoke? Is there such a thing?

Possible: Smoke is an irritant. While allergy is a possibility, more likely your symptoms are due to the irritating effects of smoke rather than allergy. ...Read more

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My throat or chest hurts when I breath through mouth and nose. It is hard to breathe. Could this be an asthma attack?

Hard to say: These symptoms are possible but very unusual symptoms for people with asthma. You need to talk to your doctor about these symptoms. ...Read more

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I had a bad asthma attack Friday and now my chest is sore and my throat, It is hard to swallow, if I lift my head up I almost cry it hurts so bad ?

I had a bad asthma attack Friday and now my chest is sore and my throat, It is hard to swallow, if I lift my head up I almost cry it hurts so bad ?

Re-visit the doctor: Hello. You may have some chest soreness due to the increased work of breathing that you experienced during your asthma episode. The sore throat and head pain are not typical following asthma exacerbations. If acetaminophen or ibuprofen have not helped the pain, you should see your doctor. You may have a throat infection that could require antibiotics. ...Read more

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Had asthma attack went to ER got CT scan, doctor said I have a slight swollen chest lymphnodes and spitting up yellow greenish flem, what is diagnosis?

Probably normal: This is often not a significant finding. The best approach is to discuss the results with your own doctor or see a pulmonologist for his/her opinion. ...Read more

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Went to ER for asthma attack, tightness in chest spitting up yellow greenish sputum got CT scan doc said I have a slightly swoolen chest lymphnodes?

Went to ER for asthma attack, tightness in chest spitting up yellow greenish sputum got CT scan doc said I have a slightly swoolen chest lymphnodes?

Strange: I don't know why a chest x-ray was obtained for asthma unless pneumonia was suspected. I also don't know what slightly swollen lymph nodes (no location given) in the chest means. Usually slightly means just that.
Thus you need to pose these questions to your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a asthma flare up happen with only one lung?

Can a asthma flare up happen with only one lung?

Asthma flare up: Although bronchial inflammation and constriction usually happen in both lungs, the exacerbation can occur mainly in one lung especially if there is aspiration or copious mucus involved. I have actually witnessed this several times in my practice. ...Read more

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I had my asthma flare up after a few days of hard exercise. 10 days ago and my chest is still tight. Saw dr. Can asthma take this long to calm down?

I had my asthma flare up after a few days of hard exercise. 10 days ago and my chest is still tight. Saw dr. Can asthma take this long to calm down?

Not typical: This is not a typical description of an uncomplicated asthma flare induced by exercise. Are you having any of the other symptoms of asthma? There are certainly many conditions that can cause chest tightness and mimic asthma. A measurement of lung function can be useful here but to answer your question directly, yes an asthma flare can certainly last this long. ...Read more

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