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Dr. Sue Ferranti
102 Doctors shared insights

Bronchospasm (Overview)

Bronchospasm = spasmodic contraction of bronchial muscles causing constriction of lung air passages.


Dr. Sue Ferranti
102 Doctors shared insights

Bronchospasm (Overview)

Bronchospasm = spasmodic contraction of bronchial muscles causing constriction of lung air passages.


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I had the methacholine challenge test and it triggered bronchospasm on the lowest dose. What does this mean? Should I be on bronchodialators? I'm 27.

I had the methacholine challenge test and it triggered bronchospasm on the lowest dose. What does this mean? Should I be on bronchodialators? I'm 27.

Probably: It means you may have reactive airways disease. There are many inhaled drugs that can treat this, and published guidelines. Talk with your doctor about any further testing and follow his/her advice. ...Read more

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What is bronchospasm?

What is bronchospasm?

Airway tightening: In broncospasm the air tubes in the lung constrict (get smaller) often in response to an allergen like smoke or pollen.
Avoid tobacco smoke as much as possible! ...Read more

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Is salbutamol sulphate is equivalent albuterol sulphate? Which one is better for treating bronchospasm

Different drugs: Same mechanism of action, and often used interchangeably, but salbutamol is more often used in europe, where albuterol is more commonly used in the us. ...Read more

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I think I may have bronchospasm how can it be diagnosed and what is treatment? Is it permanent?

See Your Doctor: 17 yrs old, "bronchospasm" is a term for reactive airways triggered by respiratory infections, allergies, exercise. The airways constrict, resulting symptoms are cough, wheezing, shortness of breath. Repeated attacks lead to the diagnosis of Asthma & can be life-threatnening. Diagnosis can be challenging however treatment is effective & preventive. See Doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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My son was just diagnosed with exercise induced bronchospasm. Is this the same as asthma?

My son was just diagnosed with exercise induced bronchospasm. Is this the same as asthma?

Probably: You'll get the best answer with an allergy evaluation. In true eib, there is no identifiable airway inflammation, and a thorough evaluation needs to be done to look for this. Controlling the airway inflammation early on is the best way to prevent more severe asthma from developing as he grows. Many kids who wheeze under age 3 don't develop asthma, but should be evaluated for their risk. ...Read more

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Is it the caffeine in tea that puts it on the "to avoid" list when you're suffering from GERD that is provoking sob and chronic bronchospasm cough?

Is it the caffeine in tea that puts it on the "to avoid" list when you're suffering from GERD that is provoking sob and chronic bronchospasm cough?

GERD ; Caffeine: Yes. Of course. Caffeine is one of the products that causes the esophageal sphincter to be loose or more open allowing more acid to wash up into the esophagus. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son is having exercise induced bronchospasm. He was born to diabetics mother and delivery was with C section. Is this a reason?

My 5 year old son is having exercise induced bronchospasm. He was born to diabetics mother and delivery was with C section. Is this a reason?

No and No: Some kids get bronchospasm partly because a parent had asthma (it's partly genetic). Some kids get bronchospasm because they caught viruses such as RSV, when young. Kids can get symptoms when exercising, or due to unclean air, or due to pollen in the air, etc... But, other research shows that living "too clean" of a life, without typical bacteria and animals, may lead to more allergies and asthma. ...Read more

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What is bronchospasm?

Airway tightening: In broncospasm the air tubes in the lung constrict (get smaller) often in response to an allergen like smoke or pollen.
Avoid tobacco smoke as much as possible! ...Read more

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What some of the symptoms of bronchospasm?

What some of the symptoms of bronchospasm?

Bronchospasm: Bronchospasm is a physiological response to various airway irritants, dust, cigarettes smoking, viruses etc. Diseases like bronchial asthma and congestive heart failure, fluid in the lungs can cause bronchospasm. The symptoms are shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, cough etc. ...Read more

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I am a smoker. I have coughing problem and bronchospasm. What can be done?

Cough: Simplest answer: stop smoking. After that, see your doctor if coughing and with bronchospasm because you might need nebulizers, cough meds and possibly a chest x-ray. Bottom line though is to stop smoking. ...Read more

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Bronchospasms every day. Rare that any medicine works. Is there anything I can do to calm it?

Uncontrolled asthma: Not sure exactly what you meant by any medicine not working, you need an asthma specialist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist/Immunologist in your area ...Read more

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What otc medicine can prevent bronchospasm?

No fooling around: bronchospasm can develop into life threatening disease.
You want to see a lung specialist.

ASAP. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I go running if I suffer from bronchospasms?

Yes....: You may need to use your bronchodilator inhaler prior to running if you notice symptoms while running. You should also have your inhaler available to use after you stop running as some people experience bronchospasm once they stop exercising. If symptoms worsen, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Will bronchospasm come up on an xray?

Will bronchospasm come up on an xray?

Secondary sign: Bronchospasm will not be directly visualized. Air trapping which can be secondary to bronchospasm in patients particularly with asthma. This shows on radiography as focal area of hyperaeration or increased blackness to portion of lung. ...Read more

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Is bronchospasm major problem in asthma?

Is bronchospasm major problem in asthma?

Partially: Bronchospasm is the most important symptom in asthma - it causes the shortness of breath and all of the discomfort, etc associated with asthma. But the main problem is the underlying inflammation that leads to bronchoconstriction when exposed to allergens, odors and other irritants. The best long-term management of asthma is to treat the underlying inflammation. ...Read more

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Any difference between asthma and bronchospasm?

Yes...: Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent bronchospasm. But, there are many other etiologies of bronchospasm including copd, foreign body, etc. Asthma is the disease and bronchospasm is a sign of this disease and many others. ...Read more

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Is a bronchospasm the same as a neurogenic cough?

Is a bronchospasm the same as a neurogenic cough?

Both can cause cough: Different mechanisms, though, the early symptom of airway inflammation and start of bronchospasm is cough, in neurogenic cough, you don't necessarily have bronchospasm ...Read more

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Why is paradoxical bronchospasms life threatening?

No breath: The spasms limit your bodies ability to get oxygen in to the system. ...Read more

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What's the difference between bronchospasm and asthma?

What's the difference between bronchospasm and asthma?

Symptom vs disease: Bronchospasm refers to "twitchy" airways. It is a sign of respiratory disease. Many diseases result in bronchospasm including asthma but also copd, cystic fibrosis, congestive heart failure, etc. In other words, bronchospasm can occur in many different disease states, not just asthma. ...Read more

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Is bronchospasms asthma? Can you have bronchospasms without having asthma?

Is bronchospasms asthma? Can you have bronchospasms without having asthma?

Certainly: The mechanism that produces bronchospasm is present in anyone. Consider it a method of closing off the small airways/alveoli to invasion by noxious agents. Infections can sometimes do it. A room filled with chlorine gas will do it to anyone. The difference in normal is they easily reopen that mechanism when the stimulus is gone. Asthma patients have a poor re-open response. ...Read more

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I think I may have bronchospasm how can it be diagnosed and what is treatment? Is it permanent?

See Your Doctor: 17 yrs old, "bronchospasm" is a term for reactive airways triggered by respiratory infections, allergies, exercise. The airways constrict, resulting symptoms are cough, wheezing, shortness of breath. Repeated attacks lead to the diagnosis of Asthma & can be life-threatnening. Diagnosis can be challenging however treatment is effective & preventive. See Doctor for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more