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Any general exercise recommendations and guidelines for asthmatics?

Any general exercise recommendations and guidelines for asthmatics?

Stay controlled: Get an asthma action plan from your doc & make sure your asthma's well controlled under normal circumstances. Then start walking. Steadily build speed or intensity. Watch for wheezing, coughing or shortness of breath. Carry a rescue inhaler. Don't exercise outdoors on poor air quality days. Wear a balaclava over face when exercising in the cold. Exercise is good for asthma if you know what to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Hospital diagnosed me with asthma attack, bronchitis, and abdominal aortic aneurism, class today should stay at home while on prednisone for 3 days?

Hospital diagnosed me with asthma attack, bronchitis, and abdominal aortic aneurism, class today should  stay at home while on prednisone for 3 days?

Aneurysm??: If a 19 yo was diagnosed with an aneurysm much more information is needed. You should ask your doctor about the asthma and bronchitis, your ability to go to school depends on how stable you are. ...Read more

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Is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) harmful for the baby during the pregnancy? Do mild asthma bronchiale require treatment? Thanks a lot!

Is symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) harmful for the baby during the pregnancy?
Do mild asthma bronchiale require treatment?
Thanks a lot!

Category C drug: This medication is listed as a category c med, meaning no data to date finds any harmful effect on the human fetus. Asthma should be maintained under good control to promote good health for you both. ...Read more

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Pregnant with asthma. Which of my meds are ok?

Pregnant with asthma. Which of my meds are ok?

Probably all.: Asthma is worse in 1 of 3 women when pregnant. 1/3 are unaffected while 1/3 actually improve. Asthma meds are either class b or c. The difference - while class c drugs may cause problems in pregnant laboratory animals no problems have been reported in humans. Uncontrolled asthma is a greater risk to your pregnancy than any class c drug. Pulmicort, singulair (montelukast) & Atrovent HFA are class b asthma drugs. ...Read more

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What are the guidelines for oral health care during pregnancy.?

What are the guidelines for oral health care during pregnancy.?

Maintain oral hygien: Ideally, you should have a thorough exam before your pregnancy and have all your treatment done. You should continue your normal dental exams during pregnancy. Xrays are safe if not during the first trimester. If you have a toothache it should be addressed during the pregnancy. If you have minor issues, they can probably wait. Impeccable oral hygiene must be maintained during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are mild asthmatics at risk for asthma attacks?

Can you tell me, are mild asthmatics at risk for asthma attacks?

Yes: All asthmatics are at risk for severe asthma attacks. Unfortunately being a mild asthmatic does not preclude one from have a severe asthma flare. ...Read more

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Pulmonary function test in the past show asthma diagnosis. Tomorrow I have repeated pft for uncontrolled asthma. Any suggestions?

Asthma mgt: I would suggest asking for an interpretation in comparison with your prior test. PFTs are one part of the evaluation. If you have uncontrolled asthma, an asthma action plan and review of your medications and triggers is suggested. ...Read more

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I'm 13weeks pregnant.Cervix is 2.4cm now.Having appointment with Maternal-fetal expert.What precautions/treatments recommended for healthy pregnancy?

I'm 13weeks pregnant.Cervix is 2.4cm now.Having appointment with Maternal-fetal expert.What precautions/treatments recommended for healthy pregnancy?

Rest & see Expert: Keep your appointment with the maternal-fetal expert, who is the very best person to advise you regarding your pregnancy. Make sure that you take prenatal vitamins, and keep all your appointments. Close follow up throughout your pregnancy will be very important. While awaiting your appointment. You should get plenty of rest and avoid sexual intercourse until your appointment. Wish you the best ...Read more

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Any cheap at home remedies for asthma and diabetes?

Any cheap at home remedies for asthma and diabetes?

Unfortunately no: Asthma can be a serious and even life threatening condition that requires prescription medication for acute treatment or for daily control. While many home remedies are advertised, they have not been studied adequately for safety or effectiveness. For asthma, see a doctor who specializes in asthma--an allergist or pulmonologist. I suspect diabetes care is similar.... ...Read more

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Resting hr 90 first trimester of pregnancy. Is that okay? Palpatation? I have pots and these symptoms always make me anxious. Are they safe?

Resting hr 90 first trimester of pregnancy. Is that okay? Palpatation? I have pots and these symptoms always make me anxious. Are they safe?

Can be normal: Heart rate in pregnancy can increase 15 to 20 beats per minute. Palpitations, if occurring on a daily basis, causing shortness of breath or chest pain, needs to be evaluated by a cardiologist. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use my albuterol inhaler throughout the day? (I am between insurance plans and can't afford preventative asthma meds.)

Is it safe to use my albuterol inhaler throughout the day? (I am between insurance plans and can't afford preventative asthma meds.)

Albuterol: Only use albuterol inhaler if wheezing or chest tightness. If you are needing to use it throughout the day then you need to get seen. Doses used in hospitals are high and generally well tolerated BUT the fragility that your lungs are demonstrating is where the danger lies. Don't ignore your symptoms, get seen if you are using your inhaler "throughout the day" please. Be safe. ...Read more

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Are you more at risk for certain lung diseases if you have asthma and smoke?

Are you more at risk for certain lung diseases if you have asthma and smoke?

Asthma and smoking..: ...In combination practically guarantee a bad outcome sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Asthma and nose alkergy with pregnanct?

Asthma and nose alkergy with pregnanct?

Asthma: Short acting beta agonist like albuterol if mild asthma. Budesonide (inhaled steroid) has been studied and deemed safe in pregnancy for more severe disease. One of these agents coupled with a nasal steroid can provide adequate symptom control and be safe to your baby. Talk to your pcp/pulmonologist and always include your ob! ...Read more

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Currently on advair 250/50 for asthma and early stages of copd. Ins. No longer covers advair. Good alternatives?

Currently on advair 250/50 for asthma and early stages of copd. Ins. No longer covers advair. Good alternatives?

Single agent: That is the problem when the new system tells us how to practice medicine. Anyway, ask your doctor for inhaled steroid alone first and not the combination along with the rescue bronchodilator and try to justify the combination later. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are mild asthmatics at risk for asthma attacks?

Can you tell me are mild asthmatics at risk for asthma attacks?

Yes: Depends on how well controlled you are and what meds your on. Severity of asthma is determined by use of meds and frequency of attacks also what are your triggers for the attack. Viral illness the most common cause followed by noxious stimuli. The meds include a inhaled steroid and a beta agonist(rescue inhaler). Multiple factor involved but yes you may be more susceptible to attacks. Try act test. ...Read more

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Advair upped to 500/50 to better control asthma symptoms. Is there anything I should watch out for at the highest dosage?

Advair upped to 500/50 to better control asthma symptoms. Is there anything I should watch out for at the highest dosage?

Thrush/tachy: you should be sure to rinse out your mouth after ever use to limit the chance of catching thrush from steroids in the mouth. The higher dose could make you a bit more jittery at first but should calm down after a few days ...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