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Amer Lung Assoc: Smoking is extremely harmful to your health and to the lungs. It is directly related to COPD, asthma exacerbation and the development of lung cancer. In addition, smoking affects the clearance mechanisms of the lung, and makes it more likely that you will have bronchitis. The American Lung Association has information regarding how to stop smoking. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See specialist: Antibiotic does not help asthma. True brittle asthma is very rare. If asthma is not getting better, it is due to one of the following reasons: it is not asthma, poor medication adherence, poor inhalation technique and finally due to other co-morbidities. You will need to see a specialist asthma doctor - either an allergist or a pulmonologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 12 year old son has been getting painful cramps in his hands and feet and occasionally his tongue. He has brittle asthma, nephrotic syndrome and is on a lot of medication, I've looked at the side effects but they do not mention cramps as one of them.
Burning feeling across the chest when coughing. I have been diagnosed today with a chest infection. Brittle asthmatic,today prescribed with steriods?
Costochrondritis?: Violent or frequent coughing strains the rib cage leading to inflammation at the joints linking the breast bone to the ribs. NSAIDS may help as would application of heating or ice pad. Ultimately, once the asthma gets under control, the cough will likely subside as well. ...Read more
Brittle asthmatic with recurrent pneumothorax - been told I will need surgery, who gets to choose between VATS/open thoracotomy, me or the surgeon?
Joint decision: There are benefits and some small risks of each procedure, so each should be discussed together with your surgeon. I would suggest a screening test for CF and also for alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency if there are findings consistent with the disease. I hope things proceed well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am a brittle asthmatic with iron-deficiency anaemia. Ferritin is 4, and my haemoglobin is 9.7. Today, my resting heart rate is 150bpm. See a doctor?
See your MD: You may have an increased heart rate from some of your asthma medications--though not mentioned, I presume you are on some bronchodilator meds which can raise your heart rate. Prednisone should not raise your heart rate. Anemia can also be associated with increased heart rate. See your MD to get checked out and give you some peace. ...Read more
Difficult to answer: Most asthma that starts in childhood can be linked to allergies. As we mature, other "triggers" may come into play such as occupational triggers (dust from manufacturing or fumes), pollution, etc. Though it sometimes can be difficult to put a finger on the cause, the treatments are usually the same- rescue inhalers and controllers (if necessary). Getting tested is always the best thing to do. ...Read more
Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www.asthma.org.nz/resources/ ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled.Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start. Treatment usually involves learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping symptoms under control. In case of an asthma flare-up, you may need to use a. ...Read more
You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fight genetics!: That's right. 50% of asthma risk you get from your parents. If you choose ones with allergies or asthma you are already at high risk. Tell your parents not to smoke, especially when mom is pregnant with you. Tell them to get a dog and a cat before your birth. That helps. Don't live near roads with heavy diesel traffic. Avoid wood smoke & damp homes. Get exercise, sunshine & eat lots of fish. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
get to the root: The first thing is to be tested for your asthma. It is a simple test called spirometry. This , and your history, will permit the physician to make a proper diagnosis and recommend treatment. If you know now what things trigger an attack, either get rid of them (rugs, etc) or try to avoid contact (cats and dogs). Remember, get tested first. Good luck. ...Read more
Find out what: your "triggers" are...allergies/stress/environmental issues and find a good PULMONOLOGIST or ALLERGIST to help you design a medication program best for you! (Rescue inhalers, ongoing medications etc etc Some skin testing may be necessary! Start with your Primary Care Physician for a Referral Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
see answer: Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke, if you are overweight, than weight loss with a good exercise program and diet is recommended. Avoid triggers that may exacerbate your symptoms. Some people with asthma may have a genetic component and will simply need inhalers and meds to help with the disease. Best wishes. ...Read more