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Asthma Patient Education
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
Depends.....: Although there can be long, symptom-free intervals, asthma is an incurable disease so there are no "former asthma patients". Cats can contribute to asthma exacerbations in a patient with asthma and a cat allergy. An allergist can determine if an asthmatic is allergic to cats and, if so, can recommend treatments. ...Read more
Depends : Bronchoscopy is an useful tool to answer some clinical questions . In the context of asthma it is useful to answer questions such as difficult to control asthma , unexplained and difficult to control cough . These are some of the indications. In highly selected patients bronchial thermoplasty ( via a bronchoscope ) is a procedure that is offered to aid in control of very severe persistent asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does asthma affect my body weight? Or is it impossible for asthma patients to gain weight? If possible, what would be a recommended diet for us?
Won't hurt: There have been many non-traditional treatments proposed for asthma. This includes yoga, accupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, etc. These are in general unproven and controversial, primarily because there have not been good scientific studies to show benefit compared to placebo. I think yoga is excellent and perhaps the calming and centering nature of yoga can help a person feel better. ...Read more
Avoid allergens: 1.Avoidance one should avoid things to which you are allergic. Also avoid irritants like cigarette smoke and air pollution. 2. Medication medications control inflammation and symptoms, but do not cure. It is important to take medications regularly. 3. Immunotherapy for environmental allergies, allergy shots are effective. New research shows oral desensitization effective for food anaphylaxis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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