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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)

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 ...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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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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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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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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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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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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My 14 month old has asthma and a upper respiratory infection was put on prednisone and albuterol. He's still wheezing after treatments is this normal?

My 14 month old has asthma and a upper respiratory infection was put on prednisone  and albuterol. He's still wheezing after treatments is this normal?

Yes: You can be wheezing when you leave the hospital. If he has difficulty breathing and looks like he did when you decided to seek medical attention, might be worth going back to be re-seen. ...Read more

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Will I be able to live a "normal" life if i've got asthma?

Will I be able to live a "normal" life if i've got asthma?

Yes: Asthma is a controllable chronic illness. As long as you are following an appropriate plan with your physician, you should be able to lead a normal life. For example, there are many professional athletes that compete at the highest level who have asthma. ...Read more

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Will my child's severe asthma extend into adulthood? I'm worried that my son will not be able to live a normal adult life. He's already ended up in the hospital several times because his asthma was so bad.

Will my child's severe asthma extend into adulthood? I'm worried that my son will not be able to live a normal adult life. He's already ended up in the hospital several times because his asthma was so bad.

Not necessarily : Asthma does sometimes spill over into adulthood but just as often it can subside to a point where there are no attacks (it never really goes completely away). This is something to discus with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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I have had asthma all my life, is it normal for my maintenance drug to cause chest pain?

I have had asthma all my life, is it normal for my maintenance drug to cause chest pain?

Unlikely: Depending what medication you are using, some with long acting beta agonists have been linked to cardiac problems in a subpopulation of uncontrolled asthmatics. Talk to your treating physician about your symptoms, maybe your asthma is not controlled. ...Read more

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How can I tell If I still have asthma?

How can I tell If I still have asthma?

If you have Symptoms: You can only tell if you still have Asthma by your sumptoms If you have cough on and off If you have wheezing If you have shortness of breath If you still using or need Inhalers If answer to all these is no.Then yopur Asthma is in Renission Means you dont have Asthma signs at this time,but it can flare up again sometime in future and that is a possibility ...Read more

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How can people with asthma still smoke?

How can people with asthma still smoke?

Personal choice: The addictive nature of many products dull the rational choice of many adults. Alcoholics drink themselves to death, drug addicts often know they are in trouble but use anyway.Smokers do so because they want to, not because it's smart & most have an acquired brain defect where they can't recognize that it is bad. ...Read more

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What can lead to asthma, and is there a cure?

What can lead to asthma, and is there a cure?

Often allergies: Allergies are a common cause of asthma in children and can last into adulthood. Though there is no cure, asthma can be controlled but inhaled medications and avoiding "triggers" that cause attacks. It is not uncommon for children to seem to be cured upon reaching their teens. However, it can reappear years later (or not). In any case get tested and get treated if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more