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Asthma And Gender
Can a person with no family history develop asthma at the age of 16 and spirometry results are normal?
Can a person with no family history develop asthma at the age of 16 if he has all asthmatic symptoms . But spirometry is normal?
Allergy vs asthma: There are multiple triggers of asthma attacks including: colds, exercise, aspirin, cold air, sinus infection, acid reflux, air pollution, and allergies. About half of adults with asthma have an allergic trigger, while 80-90% of kids with asthma have allergic trigger to their asthma. Allergic reactions can affect nose and eyes without affecting lungs. If it leads to lung inflammation, it's asthma. ...Read more
How do you differentiate between COPD and asthma? Can stress on top of asthma, allergies, and panic attacks cause copd? I have trouble exhaling fully.
Reversibility: Asthma and COPD overlap however asthma shows reversible pft changes where the changes with COPD are more fixed. In addition COPD is a disease mostly of older people who have been smokers, asthma can affect anyone including young people and is often associated with a hx of allergies. In some patients the tow disease coexist. Stress/anxiety make both worse but do not "cause" copd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Indeed: Although both conditions involve inflammation in the airways, asthma is associated with airway constriction often related to allergy. People with asthma often have wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Chronic bronchitis is usually associated with tobacco smoking (not allergy) and the symptoms consist mainly of a wet cough (phlegm production). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Family history of heart attack and stroke. My bp, cholesterol and glucose all normal at exam. Work hard on diet and exercise. Any other tests i need?
Maybe: Normal & optimal aren't the same. I order a crp, homocysteine, &/or lipid NMR if my patient looks normal but has a parent, sibling, or many family members with an early event. Holidays are great for getting specifics about your family's health. Include diabetes, any cancers, blood or thyroid disorders, unexplained or early deaths. Then take that info to your doctor and decide if you need more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asthma symptoms: Asthma is like a rainbow with a myriad of signs and symptoms. Sometimes you have kids that cough when they exercise, or seem to get "bronchitis" when the seasons change. Kids may have eczema or allergies as well. There are many subtle signs, as well as many many triggers. It is possible to present with severe respiratory distress bit i would be cautious to label a child after one episode. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Family history of heart attack and stroke. My bp, cholesterol, and glucose all normal at exam. Work hard on diet/exercise. Any other tests i need?
Hard to say: Though there seems to be a family link, the specific genes involved have really not been identified. Indeed there may be many genetic links involved so pinpointing exactly which ones are involved may be down the road. ...Read more
All along healthy person (age 15) developed cough and chest tightness. Dr. Says asthma. Is there a test/approach to confirm?
Spirometry: Asthma is commonly diagnosed based on medical history, family history, and physical examination. Spirometry is a test that measures how well lungs are working is commonly used in confirming the diagnosis of asthma. Other tests commonly used in the diagnosis of asthma include allergy testing and blood oxygen saturation and chest xray. ...Read more
Hi, i'm 33 and have high BP but controlled with pills and monitoring.Father died at around 45 due to enlarged heart and smoking.I'm anxious any help?
What causes the heart rate to escalate when coughing? I have asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis. Am being treated with inhalers and antibiotics
Valsalva: Coughing can cause this. This could be related to the valsalva maneuver which is brought on by coughing .. There are different phases of the valsalva and in brief this affects the heart rate... Also if you have breathing problems are medication for this is confect heart rate cost to go up. ...Read more
Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children? Evaluating whether to give this to my son for dust mite allergy
See a good allergist: Zyrtec (cetirizine) is the most potent of the new antihistamines and while it is very effective as an allergy medication, it does have side-effects, although rarely seen. For instance, 10% of kids/adults have a very hard time waking up in morning if on this med, or feeling drained, tired. My family has experienced this first hand....so behavioral changes is certainly possible I expect. Talk to your allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer