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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

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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Any difference between asthma and bronchospasm?

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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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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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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If you have asthma, copd, bronchospasm can benzos aggravate the condition?

If you have asthma, copd, bronchospasm can benzos aggravate the condition?

No, but don't help: Benzos won't exacerbate the underlying medical condition, but because they tend to cause suppression of the respiratory center in the brain, they can make it harder for your body to respond optimally to it's internal compensatory mechanisms as well as to to medications. ...Read more

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Is bronchospasm asthma an will it come up on a spirometry test?

Is bronchospasm asthma an will it come up on a spirometry test?

Maybe: Asthma occurs when people have excessive bronchospasm triggered by allergens, irritants, some medications or environmental exposures. Bronchospasm is typically acute and may not show up on spirometry if there has not been a recent trigger. In this case a methacholine challenge may be used to induce bronchospasm for diagnosis by spirometry. ...Read more

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Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Bronchospasm: Bronchospasm is possible at any time and for any reason. However, not all wheezing equates to bronchospasm. There are multiple reasons to produce the familiar whistling sound- chest auscultation is a must. Having said that, undiagnosed underlying reactive airway disease is certainly possible especially in your age group. Would suggest specialty evaluation after you see your primary doctor. ...Read more

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How to cure asthma?

How to cure asthma?

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 more

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Can asthma be cured?

Can asthma be cured?

Controlled: Asthma is a chronic disease and the aim is to control the symptoms. It is not "cured" but as it is controlled symptoms become less frequent.
Always look for triggers in the environment and I your home, as well as seasonal allergic triggers. Infections, scents, changes in weather can all trigger symptoms.
Learn about your meds and always follow your action plan. ...Read more

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Is asthma communicable?

No: It is not; asthma is the body's response to allergens or irritants in the air. Individual's responses to these stimuli vary widely, but they are not shared. ...Read more

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Is asthma a disability?

Is asthma a disability?

No....: Asthma is a disease characterized by recurrent episodes of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. However, between episodes, most patients are completely asymptomatic. It is a very treatable disease and does not result in disability even though it is not curable. ...Read more

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What's cause of asthma?

Many: The most important factor is genetics, the second is the environment. At least half of the asthma cases are related to allergies, others mostly unknown and often called intrinsic asthma. Tobacco exposure, viral infection, aside from allergic triggers, often exacerbate asthma. For further details check www. Aaaai. Org. ...Read more

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How is asthma diagnosed?

How is asthma diagnosed?

Lung testing.: Asthma involves inflammation, muscle spasm and mucus production in the airways. It is diagnosed by history, physical exam, and lung function testing. Patients often complain of chest tightness, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can occur in any age group, although it is the most common chronic illness in children. ...Read more

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How to control asthma?

Inhalers & avoidance: Avoiding things that trigger your asthma, such as dust or animals, can help. Most asthma is controlled with short acting inhalers like albuterol, & long acting inhaled steroids. Albuterol helps acute attacks; inhaled steroids help prevent attacks from happening in the first place. Other meds, such as singulair (montelukast) or oral steroids, are used when these aren't enough to keep it under control. ...Read more

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What is episodic asthma?

What is episodic asthma?

Airway inflammation: Simplistically, asthma is characterized by airway inflammation, and falls into the classification of allergic or atopic diseases. In response to various "allergens", such as pollens, mold, dander, etc., the body creates an inflammatory response which leads to bronchoconstriction. In some, this is chronic, in others, this can be occasional or "episodic." therapy is generally straightforward. ...Read more

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Why is my asthma so bad?

Why is my asthma so bad?

Possibilities: This time of year there are a number of possibilities - this is a high season for ragweed and tree allergies. You might also have a viral or bronchial infection. I would seek medical advice in person if you are experiencing a significant worsening of your asthma. Sometimes asthma exacerbations can be shortened if treated early. ...Read more

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How u know u have asthma?

See below: Asthma is a clinical syndrome that consists of shortness of breath, wheezing and cough. The diagnosis of asthma is made by taking an appropriate history, physical exam and performing breathing tests. ...Read more

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What is nocturnal asthma?

What is nocturnal asthma?

Night...: Nocturnal refers to night time. So, nocturnal asthma is present when an asthmatic awakens from sleep with asthma sxs like shortness of breath, cough, etc. There are medications that can be given to try to prevent this from happening. Keep track of how often this happens, what time the awakenings occur, exact sxs present, etc so your doctor can prescribe an effective regimen for you. ...Read more

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Will I always have asthma?

Will I always have asthma?

Yes: The basline symptoms may improve for years on end but you are always at risk of a flare. For that reason, getting annual flu shots are critical. ...Read more

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I have asthma so I must do?

I have asthma so I must do?

Were you tested?: If you have been tested a course of treatment should have been prescribed. Depending on the severity of your asthma, various treatments may be started. Mild infrequent attacks may be treated with a rescue inhaler whereas more frequent severe attacks may require a controller inhaler to be added. The best course must be determined by you and your physician.
Good Luck ...Read more

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What usually causes asthma?

What usually causes asthma?

Numerous reasons: In children asthma is often linked to allergies. As we age, exercise induced asthma, occupational asthma and attacks not related to allergies play a larger part. In addition, asthma is sometimes mistaken for something else. Get checked to make sure. ...Read more

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What is the cause of asthma?

Inflammation: Is the precipitating cause but no one really knows the actual underlying reason some people develop asthma. We do know that allergies and respiratory infections can lead to inflammation that leads to wheezing and "asthma" symptoms. Diet and genetics my also influence developing asthma. ...Read more

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What's a sure sign of asthma?

What's a sure sign of asthma?

None: Ther is no "sure sign" of asthma: cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, fatigue with exercise, etc can all be caused by other things. Improvement of symptoms with albuterol helps, but doesn't exclude some other diseases. Get seen, talk to your physician. ...Read more

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What causes frequent asthma?

Lots of things: There are many asthma triggers. In some cases they can be identified & avoided, or desensitization therapy by an allergist might help. But in most cases, the triggers are difficult if not impossible to avoid, and the answer lies in calming down the asthma response with an inhaled corticosteroid. If asthma symptoms are frequent or severe, increased treatment is needed to avoid serious consequences. ...Read more

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What is medicine for asthma?

What is medicine for asthma?

Many...: There are many medications that can be used for asthma. For acute wheezing episodes - albuterol in the form of nebulized medication or inhaler is the drug of choice. In an acute flare, your physician may also prescribe an oral steroid. When attacks are frequent, a physician will likely consider one of the many controller medications that are meant to be taken daily. Too many to list - talk to doc ...Read more

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What is the cause of asthma?

What is the cause of asthma?

Lung inflamation: The background to the lung inflammation can be from many causes. Allergies, cold air, strenuous exercise, etc. It is very important to your treatment to get to the cause and minimize or eliminate exposure if possible.
A good history taken by your physician may be abler to pinpoint the cause (s). Get checked.
Good Luck ...Read more

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How to tell if I have asthma?

Spirometry: Asthma is a clinical and spirometric diagnosis. Histamine or methacholine challenge may be very helpful if testing is not clear. All that wheezes is not asthma. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchospasm (Definition)

Bronchospasm = spasmodic contraction of bronchial muscles causing constriction ...Read more