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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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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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What is emphysema vs copd? Is emphysema the same as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Categories....: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is the broader category. Emphysema is one type of copd, ie emphysema falls under the category of copd. ...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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Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference between bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema in terms of lung?

Difference...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. ...Read more

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What is best climate for copd, asthma bronkitis, any repiratory disease?

What is best climate for copd, asthma bronkitis, any repiratory disease?

Smoke free: The best bet is to avoid exposure to cigarette smoke & high levels of ambient air pollution. There is no one size fits all answer for this - it depends on each patient's clinical profile and individual characteristics. ...Read more

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What is the clinical difference between bronchial asthma and acute bronchiolitis ?

What is the clinical difference between bronchial asthma and acute bronchiolitis ?

Wheezing causes: Bronchiolitis is caused by a virus called the respiratory syncytial virus and usually lastsfor7-10days. Bronchial asthma is usually caused by allergies and may last longer if not treated properly. ...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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Is chronic obstructive asthma, unspecified the same as COPD?

Is chronic obstructive asthma, unspecified the same as COPD?

Definitions.: Chronically obstructed asthma is usually called persistent asthma. Sometimes asthma may lead to COPD and in this instance it is call Asthma Chronic Obstructive Syndrome (ACOS) . However these two diseases are not usually considered the same. ...Read more

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Is bronchiectasis like copd?

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Is bronchiectasis like copd?

A little different: COPD is due either to obstruction and excessive secretions from the smaller bronchioles. Whereas bronchiectasis is due to weakness of terminal bronchioles causing secretions to stagnate and get infected. It produces copious amounts of purulent secretions. Treatment may be similar in both conditions. ...Read more

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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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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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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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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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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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Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Unknown: Longer term studies show that both drugs are quick acting and relieve acute dyspnea/shortness of breath. It appears unlikely that either drug affects the natural history of asthma/copd. Longer acting drugs called maintenance inhalers are associated with significant decreases in exacerbation (flares) of these diseases and may affect lung function longer term. ...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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Whats the difference between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema?

Whats the difference between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema?

Holes vs. airway: Emphysema is a disease of progressive destruction of lung tissue, resulting in lungs that look like swiss cheese. COPD can result from emphysema (due to loss of airway elasticity), but is primarily a disease of airway collapse when breathing out - leading to air trapping in the lung and difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between chronic bronchitis and emphysema outcome?

Varies: Both chronic bronchitis and emphysema are chronic, progressive diseases that respond favorably to smoking cessation. However, how an individual sufferer will do is best predicted by knowing family and smoking history, severity of the lung disease, how the disease has affected th heart, the patients overall conditioning, etc. ...Read more

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Is flovent and proventil (albuterol) normally prescribed to someone who is suffering from COPD or reactive airway disease?

Is flovent and proventil (albuterol) normally prescribed to someone who is suffering from COPD or reactive airway disease?

Both...: Flovent is an inhaled steroid used to decrease airway inflammation. Proventil (albuterol) is a bronchodilator that relieves bronchospasm. Both airway inflammation and bronchospasm can be present in COPD and reactive airways disease so both meds are useful for both of these diseases. Smoking cessation is also needed for both diseases to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...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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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more