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Bronchospasm Vs Asthma
Asthma?: If you have asthma, you need to address inflammation and airway reactivity hence the advice to use both a bronchodilator and an inhaled steroid. If you are having wheezing from a viral illness and the wheezing is reversed with a bronchodilator, there is a possibility that you have had mild asthma and symptoms were not enough to get your attention until the respiratory illness. ...Read more
Different Conditions: Bronchial Asthma is chronic Inflamatory disease of the airways&causes episodes of Bronchospasm causing cough,Wheezing&shortness of breath which is reversible with use of Bronchodilaters like Albuterol Chronic Bronchitis is inflammation&irritation of the airways and is irreversible even with use of Bronchodilatrs like Albuterol and it produces excessive mucus and cough persist more than3months/year ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difference...: "cough-variant" asthma is diagnosed when the primary symptom of bronchospasm is cough as opposed to wheezing, the usual sign of bronchospasm. The bronchospasm is treated with bronchodilator and steroid inhalers and the cough is controlled with this therapy. The cough in " cough-variant" asthma responds to the usual treatment of asthma. Cough is the primary sign instead of wheezing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Difference...: Asthma is characterized by recurrent, reversible airway obstruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are both forms of COPD and are characterized by irreversible airway obstruction usually caused by smoking. Now, COPD patients can also have a reversible airway obstruction component and asthmatics can develop an irreversible component over time so there is overlap in this definition. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?
Unknown: Longer term studies show that both drugs are quick acting and relieve acute dyspnea/shortness of breath. It appears unlikely that either drug affects the natural history of asthma/copd. Longer acting drugs called maintenance inhalers are associated with significant decreases in exacerbation (flares) of these diseases and may affect lung function longer term. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Different causes: Asthma is an inflamation of the bronchioles usually caused by allergies, or other "triggers". Bronchitis can be caused by infection, or in chronic cases, smoking, continuous inhaled pollutants or other "particulates". Best to be checked and tested if you think its asthma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a more powerful/effective, non-steriodal inhaler for allergic/extrinsic asthma, than ProAir HFA?
Levalbuterol: Proair HFA contains a medication called albuterol. Other rescue inhalers such Proventil and ventolin also have the same medication. Xopenex HFA (is another rescue inhaler is which used for asthma and more effective in some patients levalbuterol. If a quick acting inhaler is not working, this may be a sign that you may need inhaled steroids. It is very important to followup with your doctor. ...Read more
CONTROLLER&RELIEVER: There are Controller MAEDICTIONS which some patients have to take every day to keep Asthma under control These are Long Term beta agonists(Long Term Bronchodilaters) Steroids Inhaled and Leucotrine like Singular Reiever or Resque Meds Quick acting Bronchodilaters like Albuterol,Xopenex Short Course of Steroids Most meds are given via inhaler or Nebuliser Except Singular or Oral Steroids ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lung capacity/asthma: Total lung capacity is the volume of air in the lungs at the end of maximal inspiration. Asthmatics can have higher lung volumes than normal people because their lungs become hyperinflated when they have attacks. They have trouble breathing all the way out, so the volume left over afterward, the residual lung volume, is also elevated. In severe asthmatics, fibrosis/scars can decrease volumes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Asthma: Bronchial Asthma, asthmatic bronchitis and asthma are the same. A typical trigger of an acute asthma exacerbation (flare up) is the cold virus so sometimes asthmatic bronchitis is used by some clinicians. I don't see asthma on your list of diagnoses so you may want to see an allergist / asthma specialist to get evaluated and tested for asthma. ...Read more