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Climactic variation and asthma symptoms? Is asthma strongly affected by climate?

Climactic variation and asthma symptoms? Is asthma strongly affected by climate?

Absolutely: High ozone alerts are associated with more er visits, cold air can trigger an attack, high pollen days also are a problem. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused ...Read more


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Can a person with asthma symptoms but no family history, and normal spirometry have asthma?

Can a person with asthma symptoms but no family history, and normal spirometry have asthma?

Yes.: But to determine that, you have to be examined at the exact moment you are having the symptoms, since hyperventilation/panic attacks can mimic asthma attacks. ...Read more

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How are an allergy and asthma attack different?

How are an allergy and asthma attack different?

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

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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.

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 more

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How are bronchitis and asthma different?

How are bronchitis and asthma different?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Can status asthmaticus be the first presentation of asthma in kids?

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 more

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What quantity of genes have been associated with asthma to date?

What quantity of genes have been associated with asthma to date?

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

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All along healthy person (age 15) developed cough and chest tightness. Dr. Says asthma. Is there a test/approach to confirm?

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

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Could status asthmaticus be the first presentation of asthma in child?

Yes: A severe asthma attack (status asthmaticus) could certainly be the first presentation of asthma in a child. ...Read more

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What causes the heart rate to escalate when coughing? I have asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis. Am being treated with inhalers and antibiotics

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

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Can zyrtek cause behavioral changes, and rapid heart beat in children? Evaluating whether to give this to my son for dust mite allergy

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 more

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How are allergies and asthma different?

Many things: Allergies are an immune response of the body to a foreign substance that causes release of certain chemicals in the body like histamine. Asthma can be triggered by an allergic reaction but not always (exercise, cold air, etc). ...Read more