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I know some claim asthma medications can affect height. But what about adthma itself? Can asthma (not asthma meds) cause stunted growth?

I know some claim asthma medications can affect height. But what about adthma itself? Can asthma (not asthma meds) cause stunted growth?

Yes, in children: Asthma, as well as other chronic respiratory illnesses, can affect height if not well controlled, especially if being treated repeated with oral steroids due to recurrent flare-ups. Inhaled steroids used for control keep the lungs healthy and minimizes the negative impact, but can have some affect on growth at high doses. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Can asthma meds cause asthma?

Unfortunately, yes: Many medicines can cause asthma as a side effect, (airway tightness rather). The most known for that are the LABAs (Long Acting Beta Agonists) meant for long term control of asthma and for airways to remain open for a longer period, but unfortunately led in some patients, especially during an asthma flare, to a paradoxical effect: airway tightening!! Hence the black box warning by the FDA ...Read more

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Is it true that asthma meds have a cumulative effect, meaning the longer you take them, the more controlled it is?

Is it true that asthma meds have a cumulative effect, meaning the longer you take them, the more controlled it is?

Inflammation: Asthma is a disease of chronic airway inflammation; inhaled steroids work over time to reduce that inflammation. As the airway calms down, the disease is better controlled. ...Read more

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I've been out of my asthma meds for a few months and keep having attacks, what are the health risks and is there anything I can do when have an attck?

I've been out of my asthma meds for a few months and keep having attacks, what are the health risks and is there anything I can do when have an attck?

Albuterol: Is emergency medicine for asthma.Not taking medicine during asthma attacks can cause sever broncho spasm and eventually death. ...Read more

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Can asthma meds taken for a long time have side effects?

Can asthma meds taken for a long time have side effects?

Side effects: Yes. Long acting bronchodilators should not be taken alone as they can be dangerous. Inhaled steroids can cause yeast infections and hoarsness. Bronchodilators sometimes cause shakiness and extra heart beats. There are other possible side effects as well but in general aerobid and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) as examples are well tolerated over a long time and preferable to the alternative, which is having asthma a. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to the emergency room if I am out of asthma meds?

Do you think I should go to the emergency room if I am out of asthma meds?

Why?: An emergency room is for emergencies. If you are having an attack, go. If not, call your doc and have the prescription renewed. If you have no source of care that you can call, you need to plan your life better and get one.Asthma is a lifelong problem and your risk of death or significant injury remain whether you decide to manage it or not. ...Read more

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When do you stop the asthma meds and go see doc?

When do you stop the asthma meds and go see doc?

See doctor...: Prior to stopping any asthma meds that you have been taking chronically, you should see your doctor. If your asthma has been stable for a period of time and, depending on severity, you may be able to stop some or even all of your meds under your doctor's supervision. You should not stop them on your own as you could be risking an exacerbation. See your doctor first! ...Read more

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Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

Asthma. Meds serevent (salmeterol) and Pulmicort helpful?

The combination help: Pulmicort is an inhaled steroid that reduces inflammation in the lung. Serevent (salmeterol) is a long acting bronchodilator that when used with an inhaled steroid, can help the effectivess of the inhaled steroid. Serevent (salmeterol) used without the inhaled steroid can over 1-2 weeks or more can make asthma worse. Serevent (salmeterol) with asthma should only be used with an inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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I've been out of my asthma meds for a few months and I keep having asthma attacks, what are the health risks? I have chronic headaches and tired.

I've been out of my asthma meds for a few months and I keep having asthma attacks, what are the health risks? I have chronic headaches and tired.

Untreated asthma: Under treated asthma can result in severe and even life threatening attacks resulting in er visits and hospitalizations. Ongoing lung inflammation can result in decreased lung function over time. Asthma can interfere with sleep, exercise and daily activities. ...Read more

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Ragweed triggers my asthma On allergy/asthma meds Cant avoid being outside as I cover recess duty Would using my rescue inhaler before going out help?

Ragweed triggers my asthma On allergy/asthma meds Cant avoid being outside as I cover recess duty Would using my rescue inhaler before going out help?

Yes, but: What kind of asthma medications you are on, it also seems that you are on nasal medications too, Frequent nasal irrigation and adherence to your treatment medications plan are important, it also helps if you can apply a mask while outdoors. Ultimately you need to be evaluated by an allergist/immunologist, if you haven't done so a;ready for possible allergy shots (specific immunotherapy), good luck ...Read more

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Can asthma meds (inhaled cortisteroids) be used to treat frequent attacks of angioedema with swollen airways?

Can asthma meds (inhaled cortisteroids) be used to treat frequent attacks of angioedema with swollen airways?

Unfortunately no: Angioedema threatening the airways can only be helped first by Epinephrine (adrenline), then by high dose systemic steroids, inhaled corticosteroids won't help the acute phase. ...Read more

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My 5yo has daily headaches- esp first thing in am. Her sibs are complex, docs skim over her. History of osa but seems better. Asthma meds. What poss causes?

My 5yo has daily headaches- esp first thing in am. Her sibs are complex, docs skim over her. History of osa but seems better. Asthma meds. What poss causes?

R/O OSA: OSA MOST LIKELY CAUSE. Excess snoring/daytime sleepiness/apneic episodes/ AM headaches. And the Exam obesity/small oral airway/The definitive test is a PSG with split night/CPAP titration. I would request copy of sleep study and get a second opinion if you are not satisfied with the options. You are young CPAP can be difficult to tolerate. ENT FOR UPP EVAL. This will improve most SX ...Read more

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Thrush, so im taking some antifungal meds that mix with my asthma meds. Should I not take my asthma meds?

Drug interactions: Not sure what meds you are taking but most asthma meds should be ok. It is important to continue taking asthma meds to avoid an exacerbation or attack. Check with your doctor about whether there is an interaction you should be concerned about. ...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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What asthma meds are less likely to cause rise in blood sugar? Taking Breo and it's making sugar high. Is there anything steroid free to take?

Potentially: I would talk to your pulmonologist. Steroids are what most patients need, but if it's causing too much of an adverse affect, then maybe you could try something else. Make sure to be tested for allergies as well. There are asthma meds that help that aren't steroids. ...Read more

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My (R) Knee is hurting. When I lay down if I bend it. Sharp pains go down my leg. I don't remember hurting it. I take asthma meds. What can I do.?

My (R) Knee is hurting. When I lay down if I bend it. Sharp pains go down my leg. I don't remember hurting it. I take asthma meds. What can I do.?

See ortho: This has nothing to do with your asthma medication. Have you fallen back and braced yourself with your arms lately? If so, this could be from a Baker's cyst. On the other hand, knee pain can be caused by many other things including other forms of injuries. If the problem persists for more than a few days or worsens, you need to see an ortho. Has NSAID helped? ...Read more

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Had asthma when I was younger, now seems to be coming back. Doctor gave me an inhaler but doesn't seem to be working, are there different asthma meds?

Had asthma when I was younger, now seems to be coming back. Doctor gave me an inhaler but doesn't seem to be working, are there different asthma meds?

Med failure: There are many reasons why your asthma medications may not be working as well as before. Improper technique, inappropriate medication, expired medications or misdiagnosis should all be considerations. A follow up visit with your doctor is warranted. ...Read more

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I went to the ER today for an asthma attack and told to follow up with my PCP within 2 days. What's the reason for this? I have asthma meds.

I went to the ER today for an asthma attack and told to follow up with my PCP within 2 days. What's the reason for this? I have asthma meds.

Gauge response: Do you keep a daily diary with a peek flow meter readings and annotation of symptoms? ER visits for asthma indicate a failure of your present asthma treatment plan. You need to get with your doc and get better control and learn how to anticipate and treat events before they get ER worthy. ...Read more

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Can I give my 6 year old son ritalin (methylphenidate) 10 mg while he's taking his asthma meds, albuterol and pulmacort respuse in his nebuliser?

Can I give my 6 year old son ritalin (methylphenidate) 10 mg while he's taking his asthma meds, albuterol and pulmacort respuse in his nebuliser?

Yes, you can: There is no contra-indication to continue to treat your son with ritalin, (methylphenidate) if he has been on the drug. If he has not taken the drug before, I would wait until his asthma is better. More importantly, at age 6 your son should be taught how to use a regular inhaler rather than a nebuliser. If he has not seen an asthma specialist, he should. ...Read more

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Me and my four year old son both has asthma my son is on a bunch of allegry and asthma meds and one for ring worm he wakes up with sleep glued eyes?

Me and my four year old son both has asthma my son is on a bunch of allegry and asthma meds and one for ring worm he wakes up with sleep glued eyes?

Asthma/glued eyes: Is you child taking preventative medication for allergy/ asthma control
is asthma under control. If not needs allergy test/referral to asthma specialist
how long he has glued eyes. Are the conjunctiva white
if one has glued eyes and pink eye as well than it is a bacterial infection otherwise colds/ allergies can caused clogged tear ducts and cause eyes to stick together. ...Read more

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My 5 year old sister is puking almost every night after coughing. Dr has no idea why. Breathing treatment and asthma meds haven't worked. Please help.

My 5 year old sister is puking almost every night after coughing. Dr has no idea why. Breathing treatment and asthma meds haven't worked. Please help.

Cough & Vomiting: Post-tussive vomiting is certainly a possibility. This can be caused by severe coughing. I would be concerned with the most common causes first, such as: asthma, post-nasal drip, gastroesophageal reflux (and you don't have to have heartburn to have this), and pertussis (whooping cough). She may benefit from seeing a pedicatric pulmonologist or an allergist. ...Read more

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6yowf sometimes feels like she can't take a deep breath when she needs to. History asthma. Last ER visit hr 155. Hr today 134. Asthma meds worsen. Heart?

6yowf sometimes feels like she can't take a deep breath when she needs to. History asthma. Last ER visit hr 155. Hr today 134. Asthma meds worsen. Heart?

Get checked: If the child is having breathing difficulty, chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, or increased work of breathing, she needs to be seen asap. Heart rate will increase in people having an asthma attack but heart rate can also increase for many other reasons. Get her seen. ...Read more

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My daughter had asthma symptoms with colds when she was <2y. She is now 7 & hasn't required asthma meds since then. Can she receive FluMist vaccine?

My daughter had asthma symptoms with colds when she was <2y. She is now 7 & hasn't required asthma meds since then. Can she receive FluMist vaccine?

I wouldn't give it: The nasal flu vaccine triggers a mild localized inflammation in the lung tissue as it makes its way into the blood to stimulate antibody formation. After I gave it to a kid @ 6 with the same basic history, he has his first and only attack after infancy two days later & spent 3 days in the hospital. I never offer it to any kid with a history of childhood wheezing. ...Read more

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I have very hypersensitive lungs and diagnosed asthma. I've had post nasal drip and sinus irritation for months which is aggravating my asthma. Meds?

I have very hypersensitive lungs and diagnosed asthma. I've had post nasal drip and sinus irritation for months which is aggravating my asthma. Meds?

SInus and Asthma: It is not unusual to have nasal/sinus problems combined with asthma; the cellular changes affecting the nasal passages and bronchial tubes are similar. While a number of medications may help PND and other nasal symptoms (intranasal and oral antihistamines, decongestants and intranasal steroids) an evaluation to determine the underlying cause (allergy, polyps etc) will allow more specific therapy. ...Read more