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How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

Asthma: Cough is just a symptom of asthma. If your docotr hears wheezing and is recurrent problem, then you may have asthma for sure. Your docotr needs to do lung trests to establish diagnosis of asthma along with clinicla diagnosis.Some pts. Cough at night only & it becomes difficult 2diagnose as the docotr may not be able to listen for wheezing at this time unless u go 2 the er. All coughs is not asthma. ...Read more

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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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How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

How is cough variant asthma diagnosed?

Mostly by history: This is asthma which is primarily manifested by coughing and not measurable evidence of airway constriction. The response to low-dose inhaled steroid , bronchodilator, and/or leukotriene modifier supports the diagnosis. It is possible that this may be a prelude to persistent asthma later on in life. ...Read more

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How is cough-variant asthma diagnosed, versus "regular" asthma?

How is cough-variant asthma diagnosed, versus "regular" asthma?

Difference...: "cough-variant" asthma is diagnosed when the primary symptom of bronchospasm is cough as opposed to wheezing, the usual sign of bronchospasm. The bronchospasm is treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers and the cough is controlled with this therapy. The cough in " cough-variant" asthma responds to the usual treatment of asthma. Cough is the primary sign instead of wheezing. ...Read more

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How is asthma diagnosed?

How is asthma diagnosed?

Lung testing.: Asthma involves inflammation, muscle spasm and mucus production in the airways. It is diagnosed by history, physical exam, and lung function testing. Patients often complain of chest tightness, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can occur in any age group, although it is the most common chronic illness in children. ...Read more

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Would a pulmonary function test accurately diagnose asthma?

Would a pulmonary function test accurately diagnose asthma?

Nearly essential: Asthma is not one illness, but several processes that appear in greater or lesser degrees in any one affected individual. Together they can lead to the functional problems we recognize as asthma. Pulmonary function tests measure air flow and volumes; accurately performed PFT's are indispensable in the diagnosis and management of asthma and COPD. ...Read more

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Best asthma medication for reactive airways Viral induced?

Best asthma medication for reactive airways
Viral induced?

Asthma?: If you have asthma, you need to address inflammation and airway reactivity hence the advice to use both a bronchodilator and an inhaled steroid. If you are having wheezing from a viral illness and the wheezing is reversed with a bronchodilator, there is a possibility that you have had mild asthma and symptoms were not enough to get your attention until the respiratory illness. ...Read more

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What is exactly asthmatic bronchitis with acute exacerbation?

What is exactly asthmatic bronchitis with acute exacerbation?

Asthma: Bronchial Asthma, asthmatic bronchitis and asthma are the same. A typical trigger of an acute asthma exacerbation (flare up) is the cold virus so sometimes asthmatic bronchitis is used by some clinicians. I don't see asthma on your list of diagnoses so you may want to see an allergist / asthma specialist to get evaluated and tested for asthma. ...Read more

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Any lifelong treatment for allergic rhinitis and asthma ?

Any lifelong treatment for allergic rhinitis and asthma ?

Allergy treatment: Ideally you should be tested to find out what you are allergic to. Once you know what you are allergic to, you should undertake environmental control of your environment. You can also undergo a desensitization program as well as taking antihistamines for your rhinitis and bronchodilators for your asthma ...Read more

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What is asthma with acute exacerbation?

What is asthma with acute exacerbation?

Terminology: Asthma is a condition some people have that is marked by wheezing and decreases air movement due to airway tightening. They are usually healthy on whatever program of medications or treatments they use. An acute exacerbation occurs when some triggering event makes a stable asthma patient begin to have symptoms. This would require extra treatment to return the patient to baseline health. ...Read more

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What conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

What conditions require xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa inhalers?

Bronchodilator: Xopenex/levalbuterol is useful as bronchodilator. It opens lower airways in asthma and asthma-related conditions. ...Read more

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Local treatment for asthma ?

Local treatment for asthma ?

Inhalers: From a medical perspective, inhalers exert most of their effect in the lung with minimal exposure to the rest of the body. As such, they are considered localized therapy. ...Read more

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Which is more accurate to diagnose asthma - methacholine challenge or pulmonary function test?

Which is more accurate to diagnose asthma - methacholine challenge or pulmonary function test?

Asthma: Likely the provocation test with methocholine. But Pulmonary function tests are less invasive and safer and if they are positive will give you your answer. So start there and then continue investigating until you have your diagnosis. All the best. ...Read more

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Is asthma related to getting chronic bronchitis?

Is asthma related to getting chronic bronchitis?

No....: Chronic bronchitis is a form of copd, usually caused by smoking. Unless the asthmatic is also a smoker, they are not at increased risk of developing chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray diagnose asthma?

Can a chest X-ray diagnose asthma?

No: As dr. Labarbera points out findings on a chest x-ray can support a diagnosis of asthma. For example, asthma causes hyperinflation of the lungs that can be seen on chest x-ray (see photo). The chest radiograph is used in evaluation of the wheezing patient to rule-out other causes like infection, heart disease or a congenital mass. ...Read more

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My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

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My father is diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, copd, polycythemia and cronic asthmatic bronchitis. Is he a candidate for lung transplant?

Lung transplant: Other factors are considered too, as age, general health, other chronic diseases, the original lung disease and whether it can recur in the transplanted lung, your father needs to be evaluated in a tertiary care hospital, either a university or a teaching hospital, better if they have a transplant program, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Can asthma be cured ?! If not, What about childhood asthma ?!

Can asthma be cured ?! If not, What about childhood asthma ?!

No: Asthma is a genetically linked problem that leads to changes in the natural mechanisms in the lung. Much of the wheezing in small children is not asthma and will be outgrown by late childhood. True asthma varies in its impact on many and can be very mild or very bad.Even those who have been off meds for years and without wheezing events can become symptomatic under the proper circumstances. ...Read more

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How is reactive airways disease diagnosed?

How is reactive airways disease diagnosed?

Spirometry: This can be tested by the use of a spirometer, which may be in your doctor's office or at the local hospital, possibly with a methacholine challenge. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with asthma+allergic rhinitis 2years.Methacholine challenge test today:Negative.ImmunoCAP(A-IgE):Total 1114, 93.4 IgE(kU/l), good control?

Diagnosed with asthma+allergic rhinitis 2years.Methacholine challenge test today:Negative.ImmunoCAP(A-IgE):Total 1114, 93.4 IgE(kU/l), good control?

Likely for asthma: If the methacholine challenge was negative,that means your asthma is under good control which is measured mostly by your quality of life, the number of asthma attacks, and your lung function. The IgE level is not included in measuring control. However it has nothing to do with your allergic rhinitis. ...Read more

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Would oxygen therapy be helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Can be: Oxygen therapy improves survival in COPD patients...But only if they need it. Some patients have such severe disease that they can't maintain a normal oxygen level. This is when oxygen therapy is helpful. Often we check patient's oxygen levels with an oximeter, a machine that measures the level of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients qualify for treatment if the level is less than 88%. ...Read more

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What medications for bronchial asthma work best?

CONTROLLER MEDS: In my opinion Controller meds which include inhaled Steroids with long acting Bronchodilaters also inhaled in combinations if taken correctly work best and sometimes one can add Montelucast(Singular) to that to control Asthma and reduce the incidents of acute attacks and exacerbations to minimum For acute attacks reliever meds like Albuterol or Levalbuteral are used with oral steroids sometimes ...Read more

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