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Can I still lead a normal life if I have asthma?

Can I still lead a normal life if I have asthma?

Yes...: There are effective asthma treatments and most patients are symptom-free between exacerbations and there are often long periods of time between exacerbations. There are many athletes, even professional and olympic-level, who have asthma. So you can live a normal life with asthma! ...Read more

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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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It has been 5 days since my asthma attack and It's still hard to get a satisfying breath. Is that normal?

It has been 5 days since my asthma attack and It's still hard to get a satisfying breath. Is that normal?

Not normal: Asthma management depends on the severity of your asthma and which medications you have been prescribed. If you are following your doctor's recommendations and are still feeling short of breath, a visit to his/her office for evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son always had a cough. His pedia say, he has asthma. For more than a year now, every month he takes medicine. Is this still normal?

My 4 year old son always had a cough. His pedia say, he has asthma. For more than a year now, every month he takes medicine. Is this still normal?

Yea: Persistent cough particularly night time coughing which may also include wheezing is often one of the most common symptoms of asthma. If he is coughing that much, it doesn't sound like his asthma is well controlled. He should probably be on a preventative medicine that he takes daily rather than just a rescue medicine (albuterol). ...Read more

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Is it possible to still have asthma with normal oxygen levels and normal chest xray?

Is it possible to still have asthma with normal oxygen levels and normal chest xray?

Yes: If you are not having a flare of your asthma. If flaring, your oxygen level may lower as the flare worsens and your chest x-ray will likely show (if done) hyperexpansion of the lung fields due to air trapping. ...Read more

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How likely is it, that i still have asthma, when my peakflow are normal? Is it possible to have significant inflammation in lungs with normal peakflow

How likely is it, that i still have asthma, when my peakflow are normal? Is it possible to have significant inflammation in lungs with normal peakflow

Normal peak flow: U have to remember peak flow charts r averages of the general population, not necessarily ur normal. So if ur pf improves significantly with albuterol use I would say u likely have asthma regardless of what the actual numbers r ...Read more

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I have asthma my blue inhaler isn't working my chest is still tight is this normal?

I have asthma my blue inhaler isn't working my chest is still tight is this normal?

More severe attack?: Without knowing more about your history - if you are need still experiencing chest tightness after using your inhaler appropriately its time for you to see a doc. You may need adjunctive medicines to help relieve this bronchospasm. Don't delay. Go to doc. ...Read more

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3yr old. Hx Asthma. Woke up breathing hard. RSP 42. Spo2 87%. PEF normal. Gave inhaler. Can SpO2 be low and PEF be normal? & still have asthma attack?

3yr old. Hx Asthma. Woke up breathing hard. RSP 42. Spo2 87%. PEF normal. Gave inhaler. Can SpO2 be low and PEF be normal? & still have asthma attack?

Asthma: You need to take your child to ER ASAP, he also needs a treatment plan including maintenance treatment, you can see your pediatrician or a pulmonologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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How accurate is a pulmonary function test thats testing for Asthma? Mine came back normal. Could I still possibly have asthma?

How accurate is a pulmonary function test thats testing for Asthma? Mine came back normal. Could I still possibly have asthma?

Short answer is: Yes: You may have a mild form with little exacerbation but a reactive airway disease is present. If there are no exacerbations, no treatment is necessary, ...Read more

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My daughters sugar levelswere 8.1 and she went for a fasting glucose test the following day but I was told it will be following day results in but 2nd day still waiting is this normal or is something wrong. She is a bedwetter and overweight with asthma.?

My daughters sugar levelswere 8.1 and she went for a fasting glucose test the following day but I was told it will be following day results in but 2nd day still waiting is this normal or is something wrong. She is a bedwetter and overweight with asthma.?

Mmol/L?: A blood sugar of 8.1 mmol/l is elevated for anyone. However, if your child also has asthma, checking a blood sugar while on oral steroids could acutely raise blood sugar. A hba1c would be much more accurate for assessing chronic blood sugar control. Chronic bed wetting not sign of diabetes. If she is overweight consider obstructive sleep apnea which causes this & it makes asthma worse esp w/reflux. ...Read more

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Had a severe bladder infection, took my last antibiotics last week today and I pee a lot still. Normal or not? Also I have asthma and allergies.

Had a severe bladder infection, took my last antibiotics last week today and I pee a lot still. Normal or not? Also I have asthma and allergies.

Urine culture: If you are still having symptoms after treatment you may need a urine culture. A urine culture can determine if the antibiotic you took treated the bacteria that caused your infection. Neither asthma nor allergies will affect this. See your doctor if your symptoms persist. ...Read more

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