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How do kids get athsma?

How do kids get athsma?

Inherited tendency: Most asthma is part of the allergy/eczema/asthma triad which is controlled by several genes. Various factors controling the mechanics in lung pasageways trigger airway tigtening or relaxation over time an imbalance with excess tightening will emerge. Infection may trigger this in infancy but irritants, & other triggers will dominate. Meds can control it but true asthma is a lifelong tendancy. ...Read more

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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 a person with athsma exercise?

Can a person with athsma exercise?

Generally yes: Most persons with asthma who are receiving therapy & their asthma is well controlled should be able to perform simple exercises. If you plan to participate in endurance sports that require high degree of effort & preparation, then check with a pulmonologist who can perform an exercise study to assess your functional capacity & measure your lung function to give you clearance to participate. ...Read more

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Why does chocolate bother my husband's athsma?

Why does chocolate bother my husband's  athsma?

Chocolate reflux: He could be allergic to chocolate, but more likely affecting stomach resulting in more acid production and its effect on breathing. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for developing athsma?

What are the risk factors for developing athsma?

Family, allergies: A history of asthma in a parent or sibling, and allergies to inhaled allergens, smoking or exposure to environmental tobacco smoke are the main risk factors for the development of asthma. In an adult, a history of asthma in childhood would be a significant risk factor. ...Read more

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I have athsma. What are some good ways to get exercise?

I have athsma. What are some good ways to get exercise?

Should exercise: Avoid cold air, use rescue inhalers before starting exercise, do a short warm up (about 10 min) prior to exercise, keep your rescue inhaler handy. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I might have athsma at 60 in polluted city?

Is it possible that I might have athsma at 60 in polluted city?

Yes: External pollutants can stimulate asthma and make it worse. You do not need to be sixty to be affectedin a polluted city. ...Read more

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I have athsma, what are some good ways to get exercise in summer?

I have athsma, what are some good ways to get exercise in summer?

Swimming: Avoid going outside if there are air quality alerts, such as ozone. Remain well hydrated. Many persons with asthma enjoy swimming. If your asthma is under control, you can engage in a wide variety of activities; your physician may prescribe medication before physical exertion if you are prone to developing wheezing or an asthma attack with such activity. Report any cough or wheezing to your doc! ...Read more

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Is it possible for athsma to be hidden until 44 and suddenly crop up?

Yes...: Asthma can be diagnosed at any age. Allergic triggers can also occur at any age. If you are having symptoms of recurrent bronchospasm, see your doctor for evaluation and treatment as it is a very treatable condition. Most patients can be rendered symptom-free between exacerbations. ...Read more

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What did people do when they had an athsma attack during the ancient times?

What did people do when they had an athsma attack during the ancient times?

A very old disease: In 2735 bc, shen nong, the yellow emperor, wrote about ephedra (ma huang) for respiratory diseases. Ephredrine, the drug purified from ephedra plants, was used to treat asthma until ~15 years ago. 100 years ago Atropine cigarettes were smoked to treat asthma. Atrovent (ipratropium) is a safer form of atropine. Theophylline, a caffeine relative, was in common use until 15 years ago. These drugs have side effects. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any information about deaths involved with athsma in kids?

Does anyone have any information about deaths involved with athsma in kids?

Pedi asthma deaths: It's rare for a child to die from asthma, thankfully. Only 152 children under 15 were reported as dying from asthma in 2007, out of a total of 3447 deaths nationally. This is down from the 5000 or so average annual deaths we typically saw before the advent of combination steroid/long-acting bronchodilator medications. http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/resources/facts-and-figures/asthma-chil. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Definition...: Asthma is a disease of the airways characterized by recurrent acute exacerbations of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Between exacerbations, most asthmatics have no symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Asthma: Asthma is a condition that affects the smaller airways (bronchioles) of the lungs. From time to time the airways narrow (constrict) in people who have asthma.The typical symptoms are wheeze, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Treatment usually works well to ease and prevent symptoms .Treatment is usually with inhalers ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway Obstruction: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath due to airway obstruction. The symptoms are usually episodic, but can be present on a daily basis. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Chronic disease: It is chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. This is related narrowed airways from inflammatory changes of the airway walls and spasm of the muscle in the airways(bronchospasm). ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

A condition: a condition based on inflammation of the airways that causes increased secretions, cough and difficulty breathing ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway inflammation: Main components of asthma are inflammation and constriction of small airways, making more difficult to breathe. When exposed to virus or allergen, wheezing can occur.The more severe inflammation and constriction, the worse the asthmatic attack. Cells in the airways might make more mucus than usual plugging up airways. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Asthma : Asthma is a codition that affects the airways of the lungs, leading to a spasm of the smooth muscles in the bronchial tree, inflammation of the mucus mabrane that is lining the airway & also the secretion of mucus , all these factors lead to narrowing of the airway leading to wheezing, difficulty breathing & cough. It can be familial, allergic or due exposure to pollution. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

Asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that can cause constriction of the airways and causes shortness of breath, cough and wheezing and is usually treated with bronchodilators and antiinflammatory inhalers, and sometimes other medications are indicated depending on the severity of the disease. A pulmonologist or allergist can diagnose and treat it. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

InflammatoryDisease: Asthma is a chronic Inflamatory Disease of the Airway and causes recurrent symptoms and airflow obstruction and reversible airflow obstruction and Bonchospasm It can present as cough,wheezing and Shortness of Breath ...Read more

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