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How harmful for your health is smoking for brittle asthma?

How harmful for your health is smoking for brittle asthma?

Not Acceptable: An asthmatic who smokes is asking for significant respiratory trouble. Is one has asthma then one should never smoke and if they are smoking they need to stop immediately. ...Read more

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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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What to do if I have brittle asthma how bad does smoking affect it ?

What to do if I have brittle asthma how bad does smoking affect it ?

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 more

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Suffer with brittle asthma i'm on antibiotic because of an infection but still anit in proving?

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 more

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Burning feeling across the chest when coughing. I have been diagnosed today with a chest infection. Brittle asthmatic,today prescribed with steriods?

 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

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Brittle asthmatic with recurrent pneumothorax - been told I will need surgery, who gets to choose between VATS/open thoracotomy, me or the surgeon?

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 more

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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?

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

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How can asthma form?

How can asthma form?

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

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. ...Read more

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