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Doctor insights on: British Thoracic Society Asthma Guidelines

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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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Trouble breathing for the last year. (Not asthma). Dr sent me to a GYN because she suspected Thoracic Endometriosis. GYN not concerned. Please help.

Trouble breathing for the last year. (Not asthma). Dr sent me to a GYN because she suspected Thoracic Endometriosis.  GYN not concerned. Please help.

Go to Pulm Doc: I don't know why your doctor thought of Thoracic Endometriosis, but that would be extremely rare. I would recommend you see a pulmonary physician for your breathing issue. A pulmonary physician will be the best person to help you deal with your breathing problems. ...Read more

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27/male - shortness of breath 6 months, upper back pain, intercoastal muscle knots, thoracic kyphosis, constant anxiety, allergies, asthma? Whatisit?

27/male - shortness of breath 6 months, upper back pain, intercoastal muscle knots, thoracic kyphosis, constant anxiety, allergies, asthma? Whatisit?

Tx anxiety/symptoms: It sounds as though you have some physical issues to deal with, all of which are magnified greatly by your anxiety. All need to be attended to. Best of luck! ...Read more

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If you have asthma and your chest hurts what do you do?

If you have asthma and your chest hurts what do you do?

Treat the asthma: If you are coughing a lot or the lung is over-expanded from air trapping, controlling these factors would relieve the chest pain. It is time for you to see your doctor about the asthma. ...Read more

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Why is there a rattling sound in my chest?I have asthma.

Why is there a rattling sound in my chest?I have asthma.

Wheezing: The rattle you hear may be wheezing which is common is asthmatics or it may be caused by some obstruction. A pulmonary function test can rule this out. Get checked. ...Read more

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I constantly have chest phloem. Why? Is it the inflammation from asthma?

I constantly have chest phloem. Why?  Is it the inflammation from asthma?

It may be: Inflammation form asthma nay cause a reactive airway disease manifestation of mucus/phlegm build up. Allergies, smoking, and possible infectious processes can also predispose one to phlegm production. If troublesome, seek medical attention for treatment options. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If you have constant chest pains mostly on the left side and is asthma free what would be the cause?

If you have constant chest pains mostly on the left side and is asthma free what would be the cause?

There are many: different causes of chest pains. Constant pains are rarely Cardiac. It will be impossible to suggest an accurate diagnosis without additional examination and evaluation. Make an appointment with a health care provider for a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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Do doctors listen to a teen with asthmas chest longer than they listen to a teen without asthmas chest?

Auscultation: Dear hummus. If you are actually only 13, please remember that this site requires you to be at least 16 years old to ask questions yourself. Your parent can ask for you. How much goes into auscultating the lungs can depend on what the findings are. A physician would want to be especially thorough if there is a pulmonary complaint. One would try to listen to at least one respiratory cycle in. ...Read more

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What causes my chest pains?I have been gettin these chest pains for 3-4 years.Pain is very severe.I know it's not asthma.Lasts 5 min to 1hour

What causes my chest pains?I have been gettin these chest pains for 3-4 years.Pain is very severe.I know it's not asthma.Lasts 5 min to 1hour

See a doc: If the chest pain is severe, you need to see a doctor. I suspect that this may be from an inflammation in the rib cage. If you have large breasts and do not wear a good supportive bra to support them, this may cause chest pain as well. However your description to nonspecific to venture a good guess. If you were much older, the list of potential causes gets much longer. ...Read more

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Chest-PA View is normal, This is enough to confirm I don't have asthma issues? Else please share what tests need to done for the same please help

Chest-PA View is normal, This is enough to confirm I don't have asthma issues? Else please share what tests need to done for the same please help

Mgt: Please obtain pulmonary function testing pre and post BD. If you have a response with fewer symptoms within one hour of taking Albuterol inhaler this can support the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am constantly ill, I have asthma and every 6 weeks i'm ill with something new. Especially what seems to be coughs, bronchitis, chest, what's wrong?

I am constantly ill, I have asthma and every 6 weeks i'm ill with something new. Especially what seems to be coughs, bronchitis, chest, what's wrong?

Several things: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Chest pain right upper side sharp comes and goes have a patent formen ovale and asthma hurts every morning and sometimes in the afternoon hurts help?

See below: If your asthma is uncontrolled and you cough a lot, that may give you chest pain. Or, it may be due to a number of other unrelated things such as muscle strain or spasm, pleurisy, blood clots etc. Foramen ovale may contribute to heart failure. Get yourself checked if this does not resolve with a course of otc pain medicines and changing the position in which you sleep. ...Read more

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Could asthma be causing my tight chest?

Could asthma be causing my tight chest?

Yes!: It can. You should see your doctor and get a pulmonary functions test, with pre -& post bronchodilalator studies. ...Read more

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What to do if I have larngitious and tight chest could I have asthma ?

What to do if I have larngitious and tight chest could I have asthma ?

Not necessarily : Laryngitis and a "tight chest" may be from infections, or other causes unrelated to asthma. If you think you may have asthma, do wait around- get tested by your physician. It's very simple and can be done in the office. Again, don't wait-get tested. Good Luck ...Read more

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I have bad tightness in my chest I feel nauseous and have asthma my reliever isn't helping?

I have bad tightness in my chest I feel nauseous and have asthma my reliever isn't helping?

See doctor....: if you are short of breath and your short-acting inhaler is not relieving your symptoms, you need to be seen by a doctor in an ER or urgent care center tonight! Asthma can get out of control very quickly and can be very serious. It sounds like you are having an asthma exacerbation that is not responding to your rescue inhaler so you need to go to the ER or urgent care center for treatment now. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause pain in the middle of the chest?

No: Asthma typically doesn't cause chest pain. Reflux disease (gerd) can cause chest pain and may also contribute to uncontrolled asthma. However, you should see your doctor to make sure this is not related to heart disease. ...Read more

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I get sharp pains in my upper left side of my chest sometimes and I do have asthma...Should this be something to worry about?

I get sharp pains in my upper left side of my chest sometimes and I do have asthma...Should this be something to worry about?

Not necessarily: Occasional sharp pains can be a stitch n the muscle. Hopefully you know your body well enough to know if it is related to your asthma. If it bothers you, discuss it with your doctor. Most of our aches and pains are minor issues. When something concerns you a visit to clear up things is very helpful. ...Read more

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Can a concave chest affect asthma attack?

It depends...: A concave chest, also known as a pectus deformity, can cause diminished lung function if severe. Usually however, a pectus deformity does not contribute to an asthma attack. It would be helpful to have lung function evaluated before and during an episode to know what the difference is and whether further evaluation by a chest wall surgeon should be pursued. ...Read more