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Asthma Vs Copd Diagnosis
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
What is the basic difference between ipratropium tiotropium salmeterol inhalers? which one is more appropriate for chronic bronchitis with asthmatic symptoms?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers