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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Overview)

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 suspicion and spirometry data.


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What are the symptoms of asthma?

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma: Common signs and symptoms of asthma include: Coughing- Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep. Wheezing- Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe (exhale). Chest tightness- may feel like somebody sitting on your chest. Shortness of breath. Difficulty getting air out. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
2,965 doctors shared insights

Asthma (Overview)

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 suspicion and spirometry data.


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What are the tests for adult asthma?

What are the tests for adult asthma?

Tests...: To diagnose asthma, one needs to diagnose recurrent bronchospasm and airway inflammation. This can be done by a doctor based on clinical grounds (example: the doctor hears wheezing/coughing on more than one occasion and it resolves completely with treatment). Or, the diagnosis can be made in the pulmonary function lab if this diagnosis is suspected but the physical exam is normal. ...Read more

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Living with Asthma (Tip)

Living with Asthma

Most children outgrow asthma after 3 years. ...See more

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Living with Asthma (Checklist)

See an allergist
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Follow recommendations to minimize allergen exposure
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Be sure to get a lung function test initially
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Get lung function tests before and 1 month after any medication change
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What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

Many: The most common triggers in the home are animal dander, dust mites, smoke (tobacco) polution, molds and assorted others. Ideally you can fous in on the particular trigger but this is often difficult to say the least. Removing carpeting ; rugs is a start as well as keeping cats and dogs out of your bedroom. Dust mites can be controlled in your bedroom by using special mattress covers. Air purifiers. ...Read more

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What are the differences between child asthma vs. Adult asthma?

What are the differences between child asthma vs. Adult asthma?

Young or old adult?: Young adults - 30s & 40s - with asthma have had it since childhood or had it during childhood, then had resolution for a decade or so, followed by recurrence. They might recall only having bronchitis often when younger. This is a continuation of a chronic, usually allergy-based illness from childhood. Asthma starting after age 50 is a different disease & usually not allergic in origin. ...Read more

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Living with Asthma (Tip)

Living with Asthma

Be sure to carry asthma inhalers in your car, gym bag, and on your person. ...See more

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How does asthma spread?

How does asthma spread?

Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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What is the symptom of asthma?

What is the symptom of asthma?

Wheezing: Asthma classically has shortness of breath and wheezing. Other subtle symptoms can be a persistent cough, shortness of breath with exercise or a decreased exercise tolerance. ...Read more

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Living with Asthma (Tip)

Living with Asthma

Drink lots of water when you are having an asthma attack, it helps replace what you lose breathing. ...See more