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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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When i get sick my asthma start act up is that normal with a cold? Only when i'm get sick

When i get sick my asthma start act up is that normal with a cold? Only when i'm get sick

Yes!: Cold is triggering your asthma attack . Although there are a lot of other triggers .You will need to see your doctor for prescription medications to control your asthma before they get out of hand . It is preventable and reversible. Compliance and maintenance are key to success in treating asthma! ...Read more

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My son has red flushed cheeks.He just got over being sick with bronchitis and he has asthma.Should i be concerned seemed?

My son has red flushed cheeks.He just got over being sick with bronchitis and he has asthma.Should i be concerned seemed?

Steroids?: Was your child treated with steroids for his bronchitis or asthma recently? Oral steroids can cause cheek flushing. Check his temperature, a low grade fever can cause it too. ...Read more

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I was recently put on prednisone 20mg for a short time from being sick. Is there a generic drug that does the same, noticed helped my asthma much.

Generic Medication: Prednisone has a generic. However, you did not present your history. How long have you taken Prednisone and for condition. You did not say whether your doctor gave you a tapering dose.Prednisone has to be tapered to a lower dose and then discontinued. ...Read more

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Can asthma act up more when you are overtired?

Yes it can: Stress either emotional / physical can lead 2 asthma exacerbation (asthma acting up) in uncontrolled asthmatics, if this happens patient should follow an asthma action plan agreed upon with primary md or the allergist. ...Read more

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My asthma has not act up in 2 years and I kinda feel weird to ask my Dr to show me how to use a inhaler the right way I for get a lot what should I do?

My asthma has not act up in 2 years and I kinda feel weird to ask my Dr to show me how to use a inhaler the right way I for get a lot what should I do?

Ask away!: You should never feel weird or embarrassed to ask your doctor a question or to show you how to use your inhaler (even if shown in the past). Sometimes, we all need a "refresher" on the proper use of medical equipment. Inhalers must be used correctly in order to maximize the amount of medication delivered to the lower segments of the lungs. ...Read more

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Will kitchen smoke cause asthma symptoms to act up?

Will kitchen smoke cause asthma symptoms to act up?

Absolutely: Any kind of smoke - kitchen, barbecue, cigarettes, a fire, industrial etc may cause your asthma to flare. ...Read more

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Could eating mold over two weeks ago cause my asthma to act up?

Could eating mold over two weeks ago cause my asthma to act up?

Don't Think So: Eaten 2 weeks ago and asthma symptoms flaring up now? Do not think so. Have you been allergy tested? Do you know what you are allergic too? Do you know what your asthma triggers are? Obviously allergen and trigger avoidance key, but not always possible. Do you monitor peak flows? Do you have asthma action plan in place? I hope so. If not discuss these issues with your doctor. Best of luck DrR ...Read more

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