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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)

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


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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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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

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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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How do you know if you have asthma? Only symptom is urge to cough, like chest feels irritated.

How do you know if you have asthma?  Only symptom is urge to cough, like chest feels irritated.

Possible asthma: Asthma is usually diagnosed byh a combination of symptoms and a breathing test performed in yna doctor's office called spirometry..Patients with asthma often have a wheeze and difficulty breathing, Sometimes this can be associated with exercise and is called EIB ( Exercise Induced Bronchospasm), Cough can be one of the symptoms as well or may be the only symptom although there many other causes ...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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