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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Overview)

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.


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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
3,018 doctors shared insights

Asthma (Overview)

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.


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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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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Asthma (Tip)

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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Asthma (Tip)

Most patients with asthma attacks do not require any initial laboratory studies in the er. ...See more

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Asthma problem breathing?

Asthma problem breathing?

Check with your doc: Check if you have asthma with your doc. If you really have asthma you may need anti-inflammatory medication such as inhaled steroids. No reason to wait seeing your doc. ...Read more

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Is Bronchial Asthma contagious?

No: asthma isn't contagious, viral diseases can resemble asthma, and they are contagious, but asthma as it is no, ...Read more

Dr. Jack Mutnick Dr. Mutnick
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Asthma (Tip)

Inhaled medications are the safest and most effective medications for treating asthma. ...See more

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Asthma breathing problem?

Asthma breathing problem?

Asthma: First off, quit the cigs. Then you need to have pulmonary function testing. Afterwards, your asthma doctor (if you have asthma) will prescribe daily controller therapy in the form, most likely, of an inhaler medication(s). ...Read 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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Dr. Cary Nelson Dr. Nelson
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Asthma (Tip)

Smoking will worsen your asthma both in the short and long term. ...See more

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Do inhalers cure asthma?

Do inhalers cure asthma?

No: Unfortunately, the is no cure for asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that may "flare" depending upon an individual's triggers. Studies performed with disease "controllers" (oral leukotriene receptor antagonists and inhaled corticosteroids) to see if "cure" or prevention are possible. Unfortunately, any gains that are obtained while on those medications are lost when stopped. ...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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Asthma (Tip)

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

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Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Unfortunately, yes: Many medicines can cause asthma as a side effect, (airway tightness rather). The most known for that are the LABAs (Long Acting Beta Agonists) meant for long term control of asthma and for airways to remain open for a longer period, but unfortunately led in some patients, especially during an asthma flare, to a paradoxical effect: airway tightening!! Hence the black box warning by the FDA ...Read more

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Is there any way to help reduce the symptoms of asthma I get while exercising?

Is there any way to help reduce the symptoms of asthma I get while exercising?

Yes.: There are several treatments available for eib (exercise induced bronchospasm). Your doctor can prescribe them for you after they check to make sure that it is not an underlying problem with asthma that needs treating. The treatments are not exactly the same. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Rothman Dr. Rothman
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Asthma (Tip)

Just because asthma "runs in your family" does not mean that you have to suffer from it. ...See more

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What are the signs that asthma is getting worse?

Difficulties: Difficulty breathing, increased cough, increased wheezing, trouble sleeping or cough at night, decreased exercise tolerance (you can't do as much), and so on. If you measure your breath, you may have a decrease in the amount you can forcibly breath out. If you have pulmonary function testing done, it shows more airway obstruction (usually). More importantly, you feel worse. ...Read more

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