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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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Is asthma a respiratory disease?

Is asthma a respiratory disease?

Yes: Asthma is hyperactive airways, or reactive airways, which causes constriction and inflammation in the airways from a certain trigger, such as an allergen or infection, etc. ...Read more

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Is there a specific diet / food plan that would be recommended for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what is it?

Is there a specific diet / food plan that would be recommended for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what is it?

Food's not the key: The stuff you see on the internet about this-or-that food or 'super-food' being very good/bad for this particular disease is almost all made up as entertainment. Eat sensibly and manage your disease carefully as your physician directs. ...Read more

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What can I do to control shortness of breath (asthma) with celiac disease?

What can I do to control shortness of breath (asthma) with celiac disease?

See a doctor: There are numerous medicines for prevention and treatment of asthma available by prescription. See a doctor for evaluation and treatment especially since you also have celiac disease. Asthma medications should not impact celiac disease. ...Read more

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Just was diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma. Prescribed an inhaler, which i used frequently, and now prescribed advair. Is that normal?

Just was diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma. Prescribed an inhaler, which i used frequently, and now prescribed advair. Is that normal?

Asthma: If asthma symptoms require frequent use of rescue therapy like albuterol use, causes night time awakenings from cough, frequent er visits for asthma, then one needs an every day preventative inhaler. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended workout program (cardio / weights / weight machines) for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what?

Is there a recommended workout program (cardio / weights / weight machines) for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what?

Recommendation: Make sure you take your chronic medicines. Take your short-acting medicine before exercise, and do an incremental exercise as you can tolerate. Only avoid food you can be allergic to, eat and live healthy and avoid begin around smokers. You'll be fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why don't we use beta blockers on patient with asthma and coronary disease?

See below: Because most asthma patients are on beta agonists (like albuterol) which open bronchial airways by relaxing smooth muscle in the airways. Beta blockers do the reverse and would cause bronchoconstriction and thus worsen asthma or as least block the effects of the beta agonists. ...Read more

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Why is my exhalation only affected by asthma/hyperactive airway disease but not my inhalation? How do I fix my exhalation so i can breathe better?

Why is my exhalation only affected by asthma/hyperactive airway disease but not my inhalation? How do I fix my exhalation so i can breathe better?

Bronchodilators: In asthma and or hyperactive airway disease,the lining of your windpipe mucosa sells up,thus you need to exert more when you breathe out,if you have been prescribed inhalers ,you should use the as prescribed,and breathing exercise will help,if you are not being treated,you should see you doctor or a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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If I have hyperactive airway disease/asthma and the main irritator is allergens (dust) if i remove the allergens will i be able to breathe normally?

If I have hyperactive airway disease/asthma and the main irritator is allergens (dust) if i remove the allergens will i be able to breathe normally?

Dust mites: There are several ways to minimize your exposure to dust mites, such as hepa air purifiers and dust mite covers and removing carpeting, but you cannot get rid of them completely unless you live in an arid environment. Your response will decrease and your asthma will improve. Consider getting allergy shots for long term relief of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are my chances of inheriting heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, or wearing contacts? Are these things hereditary?

What are my chances of inheriting heart disease, asthma, high blood pressure, or wearing contacts? Are these things hereditary?

Anyone's Guess: You have control over most of these based on how well you care for yourself. Asthma can be difficult to prevent but easy to manage if you develop it. Don't worry too much and take good care of your health. Exercise and eat right! ...Read more