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Allergens & Meds: The best way to decrease asthma attacks is to reduce breathing tube irritability. This is achieved by taking controller medications (inhaled corticosteroids or oral leukotriene antagonists) daily or more as prescribed by your doctor. If you are allergic reduce or eliminate exposure to dust mite, animal dander & molds. Avoid cigarette smoke & indoor & outdoor pollution. Take omega-3 & vitamin d. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Asthma is 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. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more
Lately i've been having a lot asthma attacks, usually 2 or 3 a week. What can I do to control these better?
See your MD: To better control your asthma, first try to understand what the usual triggers are and avoid as possible. Often colds or viral infection cause the worst exacerbations. Allergic exposures can be a problem in many patients. Next take medication regularly. The person with symptoms 2-3 times/week should be on a daily asthma preventative med, not just a rescue inhaler (albuterol). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Control?: If you have been diagnosed with asthma that is intermittent, there may be long periods between attacks. If you have been diagnosed with a persistent type and on a "controller" inhaler, you may be under very good control. If you have never, never had an attack, i'm not sure how the diagnosis was made. Both spirometry and history are used in the diagnosis. Need more info. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If you keep on exercising and getting asthma attacks, will your asthma attacks eventually go away?
No: You can't train away asthma. Some people with mild exercise-induced asthma continue to exercise when symptoms first appear. After a few minutes their symptoms resolve spontaneously. Most of us will not experience this. Instead asthma increases with prolonged exercise. Taking albuterol before exercise is the best 1st step. If not sufficient you may need a daily controller medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If you control your disease adequately you may have very minimal symptoms and live a normal life. It is not always possible to do so (i don't want to shame anyone with difficult to control asthma who is adherent to their regimen), but the vast majority of asthma sufferers never need to be hospitalized, and many can be symptom free. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immunotherapy: Dr. Murphy is completely correct. Immunotherapy add an additional component to managing asthma. Conventional immunotherapy involves injections of the allergens that trigger your asthma. Over time you develop tolerance to these triggers. Monoclonal antibody therapy with Omalizumab removes ige from your lungs preventing allergens from triggering asthma attacks. Both are useful for asthma control. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very common: Night attacks of asthma are common. If they occur with some frequency (more than once weekly, your physician may prescribe a "controller" inhaler of cortisone. Additionally, dust mites are a common cause of attacks. Make sure your mattress in in a plastic barrier type cover. And your bedroom is as free from dust collectors (rugs, stuffed animals, etc) as possible. An air cleaner may also be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tight chest: You get a tight chest, with shortness of breath, and a noisy breathing, like a whistling sounds from your chest. You feel you cannot catch a good breath. You need to respond to it the way your physician has instructed you to do. With a rescue inhaler most importantly and other medications if needed. You need to have a good written plan by your physician addressing this. ...Read more
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