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What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

What is the simplest definition of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd)?

COPD...: COPD is a disease characterized by the presence of chronic, irreversible airway obstruction as measured by pulmonary function testing. The disease is incurable but there are treatments available so see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. The most important treatment is smoking cessation since smoking is the main etiology of this disease. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchospasm (Definition)

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


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What is bronchospastic pulmonary disease?

What is bronchospastic pulmonary disease?

Broad category: Bronchospastic refers to the small muscles that wrap around the small to medium airways in the lungs. These tiny muscles can constrict when there is inflammation triggered like cold, exercise, smoke, viruses, allergies, etc. This is typically seen in asthma or copd. ...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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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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Recovering bronchospasm sine 7/1.Since then night time sweats. Profusely! Not felt good since 6/1 in chest.66 year old female?

Recovering bronchospasm sine 7/1.Since then night time sweats. Profusely! Not felt good since 6/1 in chest.66 year old female?

See doctor or ER.,,: The nightsweats you describe need to be evaluated by your doctor, especially with respiratory symptoms, like productive cough (especially if blood present), fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. Possibilities include various infections, like tb, pneumonia, bronchitis. Your doctor will probably want a chest x-ray as well as your physical exam and labwork. Go to er if worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Recovering bronchospasm sine 7/1.Since then night time sweats. Profusely! Not felt good since 6/1 in chest.66 year old female?

Recovering bronchospasm sine 7/1.Since then night time sweats. Profusely! Not felt good since 6/1 in chest.66 year old female?

See doctor or ER.,,: The nightsweats you describe need to be evaluated by your doctor, especially with respiratory symptoms, like productive cough (especially if blood present), fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, etc. Possibilities include various infections, like tb, pneumonia, bronchitis. Your doctor will probably want a chest x-ray as well as your physical exam and labwork. Go to er if worsening symptoms. ...Read more

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Can pulling a muscle in your upper back trigger bronchospasm? Initial pain was muscle pull in back, then bronchospasms ensued (@pedi with hyper kid)

Can pulling a muscle in your upper back trigger bronchospasm? Initial pain was muscle pull in back, then bronchospasms ensued (@pedi with hyper kid)

Stress instead?: Being at the pediatrician with a hyper kid can be very stressful. Bronchospasm can be caused by many things including temperature changes, drafts, stress even laughter. More than likely the muscle strain is separate from the bronchospasm. ...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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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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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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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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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 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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Should an inhaler and prednisone always work against bronchospasm?

Should an inhaler and prednisone always work against bronchospasm?

Not always: Usually albuterol inhaler which helps keep your airways open and prednisone which helps relieve the inflammation in the airways work together to provide relief. But the bronchospasm was caused by infection then symptoms may continue to until the underlying issue is resolved. If you are taking medication and not finding relief, return to your doctor. ...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 more common in children with airway malacia (weakness/floppyness)?

Is bronchospasm more common in children with airway malacia (weakness/floppyness)?

Yes: Children with Tracheobronchomalacia have a weakness in the airway. This predisposes them to airway obstruction because of the accumulation of mucus. Their inability to properly clear the airway of mucus might result in irritation of the bronchial mucosa and bronchospasm. The child needs to be under the management of a Pediatrician, who will prescribe the appropriate treatment, as needed. ...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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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more