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Can Asthma Be Triggered By Roaches I Heard That They Can Trigger Asthma Attacks
Blue inhaler stopped an 'asthma' attack but my pharmacist says bronchiospasms can be caused by stress without having asthma. Is this true?
Maybe: Extreme stress and anxiety can make u wheeze. However, have urself checked out by a physician to make sure what could be the problem. Allergies are a trigger of asthma and I notice u have been using Flonase. Asthma can start at any age and the key to diagnosis is RECURRENCE. By going to a lung specialist you can have lung studies which can make things clearer. ...Read more
Can certain foods cause a full-blown asthma attack; not, however an Ige-mediated reaction. Mostly just shortness of breath that is asthma-like?
Unlikely: This would be unlikely unless there is some type of aspiration event. When there is aspiration of liquid food we have a reflex to shut off the upper airway. This usually results in difficulty breathing in, coughing, talking and respiratory distress. It would not last as long as a typical asthma attach. Acid reflux can give a sensation of shortness of breath ...Read more
It may be!: There are many theories about the reason for an increasing number of asthma patients. These include increased use of antibiotics (hygiene hypothesis), use of Acetaminophen in children, air pollution (diesel particles and particulate matter pm2.5), allergies, etc. Air pollution is a clear contributor to respiratory disease including triggering asthma already present and perhaps inducing asthma. ...Read more
Yes: About 60% of asthma is "allergic asthma." this is asthma that can be aggravated by environmental allergies (e.g. Dust mite or cat dander or ragweed). About 40% of asthma is "non-allergic." common triggers of non-allergic asthma include exercise, cold air, respiratory infections, or emotion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've never been diagnosed with asthma but I do have anxiety and panic attacks. Can anxiety/panic attacks cause asthma??
It is possible : Recent research indicates a strong relationship between panic attacks and asthma, with each being a risk factor developing the other. Here is an article describing this: http://www.m.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/news/20050601/asthma-panic-disorder-often-go-hand-in-hand If you are concerned I would recommend see your doctor to initiate evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of undiagnosed asthma? I have 100% oxygen levels. Can anxiety trigger an attack?
Lots of overlap: Asthma and panic symptoms often have a great deal of similarity including shortness of breath and tightness in one's chest. And for those with asthma, panic can cause an attack prompted by hyperventilation and cascading stress symptoms. Creating a journal of symptom occurence may help your doctor determine whether symptoms are due to asthma or anxiety. ...Read more
Certainly possible: Some people's asthma is triggered by allergens in the air. While you may not be allergic to the hamster itself, you may be allergic to the material in its bedding. Monitor your symptoms and see when they are worse. If it's only when cleaning the cage, you may be able to where a simple mask or try changing the bedding material. If it's bad all the time though, may want to find him a new home. ...Read more
If marijuana were to trigger me to experience angina symptoms, would it also be triggered by other things like physical exertion or acute stress?
See doctor: Sounds like you're worried about chest pain or or other cardiac symptoms from marijuana, physical exertion and stress. You should be seen without delay by your pcp for an evaluation to determine how your heart is reacting to these factors. Meantime, avoid smoking mj or overdoing any physical activity. Tell your doc about any major stress going on. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more
I read that 45-70% of adults with asthma also have GERD? What is the cause? My asthma is caused by allergies. Could GERD be cause by allergies?
GERD: Most cases of Gastro-esophageal reflux are due to the loose sphincter at the junction of the esophagus with the stomach. This allows some the gastric secretions to get up to the upper aero-digestive tract and this can trigger cough and even wheezing. In some of these cases with the reflux is properly treated the asthma symptoms can also improve ...Read more
Not an easy question: People with asthma may be allergic to molds and therefore experience attacks when exposed. Emphysema (COPD) is a bit different. These individuals are prone to respiratory infections like pneumonia. If the pneumonia is caused by a mold- which is not very common- the delay in diagnosis and proper treatment can be an issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can non allergic rhinitis be caused by strong emotions,if so which type of emotions can trigger it and how can I fix this problem;pls help I am fed up?
Yes: One can practically say that sad emotions aggravate nearly any disease condition. However the trigger for each person may vary. In the presence of asthma, I guess that you have some degree of allergic rhinitis (not just vasomotor). Alleviating the cause for the emotion may require counselling and controlling it may require medication. ...Read more
YEs it can: Many asthmatics are what is caused atopic ( allergy based attacks). Allergies to roses, hay-fever, pollen, etc can cause attacks. If it is that serious a problem, discuss getting allergy injections with your physician. Remember to keep your rescue inhaler with you and if on a controller- use it ! good luck. ...Read more
I've heard that long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) can cause severe asthma attacks. Should I stop taking them?
In some studies, long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) have been linked to life-threatening asthma attacks: The risk appears to be greatest when a LABA is used without also using an inhaled corticosteroid. In contrast, taking an inhaled corticosteroid along with a LABA is appropriate treatment for many people who have asthma. Don't stop any of your asthma medications before checking with your doctor first. LABAs are used on a regular schedule to open up narrowed airways and prevent asthma attacks. But because they increase the risk of having a life-threatening asthma attack, the Food and Drug Administration warns that LABAs should never be used without an inhaled corticosteroid. So if you're taking a LABA without an inhaled corticosteroid, check with your doctor. LABAs include: Salmeterol (Serevent), Formoterol (Foradil, Perforomist), Arformoterol (Brovana). A LABA should be taken with an inhaled corticosteroid, such as: Fluticasone (Flonase, Flovent HFA), Budesonide (Pulmicort Flexhaler, Pulmicort Respules, Rhinocort), Mometasone (Asmanex), Flunisolide (Aerobid, Aerospan), Beclomethasone (Qvar, Qnasl). One option is to take a single medication that combines both a LABA and a corticosteroid. There are three of these medications on the market: Salmeterol and fluticasone (Advair), Formoterol and budesonide (Symbicort), Formoterol and mometasone (Dulera). Children who need both a LABA and a corticosteroid should take them only as a combination medication, and not as separate medications. The benefits of LABAs to keep asthma under control generally outweigh the risks — if they're used as recommended. If you have any questions about your asthma medications, talk to your doctor. To be safe: Confirm with your doctor that you know how to take your medications. , Keep a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler on hand. , Meet with your doctor on a regular basis. , Talk to your doctor if your asthma isn't under control. . LABAs are sometimes used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). When used for COPD, LABAs don't have the same risks that are associated with asthma, so these warnings and recommendations don't apply. . ...Read more
Could it happen such that a person who doesn't have asthma, have an acute bronchial asthma attack?
Take your meds: Asthma is a disease of chronic airway inflammation. If you take inhaled "controller medications", take them faithfully as prescribed. Keeping your asthma under good baseline control can lessen attacks frequency and severity. Also if you have triggers - cats, smoking, mold, etc - avoid them as much as possible. And if you smoke, quit! ...Read more
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