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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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Diagnosed w/pneumonia, h/o asthma, out of work 1 week, am RN in OR, feeling better, still coughing & weak, should I stay out of work longer?

Diagnosed w/pneumonia, h/o asthma, out of work 1 week, am RN in OR, feeling better, still coughing & weak, should I stay out of work longer?

Yes, better: Stay few days more resting, it takes more for the lungs to fully recover from pneumonia, depending on the site and severity, keep taking your asthma controller medicines as usual, and all the prescribed meds, best wishes ...Read more

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Currently on oral steroids for Asthma but still peak flow is around 350 and drops to around 260, soon as I got to work (clothing store) it starts off and continues all day and worked there 4 years now?

Currently on oral steroids for Asthma but still peak flow is around 350 and drops to around 260, soon as I got to work (clothing store) it starts off and continues all day and worked there 4 years now?

Occupational asthma?: Great that you are tracking with peak flow monitoring. Continue this mornings, evenings, at work and also on days off. Document it. If you are still recovering from a flare up such as after a cold then it could be any kind of dust, smoke or fumes including perfumes and off-gassing from new clothing that's irritating it. This may resolve once the flare is over. Continue inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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Still sick I got sick last month, (or longer) I have asthma have never really had an issue with it until now. Went to the ER finally. Had some bronchitis going on sent home with antibotics, felt a little better, went back to work got sick again, a lot pa

Still sick I got sick last month, (or longer) I have asthma have never really had an issue with it until now. Went to the ER finally. Had some bronchitis going on sent home with antibotics, felt a little better, went back to work got sick again, a lot pa

Agree: I agree with the other poster, if this indeed is the case, as a pulmonary specialist, I would want to do a work up on your that may include breathing tests, chest imaging, and an immune system (immunoglobulin) assessment. If you are a smoker I would highly recommend you quit asap to see if that helps. ...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 don't 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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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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Can I still remove my asthma now I am already 22 years old?

Can I still remove my asthma now I am already 22 years old?

Asthma: Asthma is a chronic, life-long condition. Though there is much debate if children outgrow asthma, it is highly unlikely in my opinion. I believe that they never had asthma in the first place but rather small airway, lots of drainage and possibly big tonsils. True asthma is a life-long ailment. ...Read more

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I had asthma as a child. Is it possible I could still have it?

I had asthma as a child. Is it possible I could still have it?

Yes.: If you have avoided triggers that bring on attacks, you can have no episodes of asthma for many years, but the sensitivity might remain. Of course, "mild intermittent" asthma is lots better than "persistent, " which is when attacks are much more frequent. ...Read more

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Do I still have asthma if I haven't had symptoms for over 5 years?

Do I still have asthma if I haven't had symptoms for over 5 years?

U may: Asthma is considered a chronic disease, especially if it continues into adulthood. If u have not had asthma symptoms for 5 yr, u may be entering a quiescent period of asthma, called "remission". U should talk w ur allergist or pulmonologist, they may want to decrease or take u off ur controller medication for a period of time to see. It may come back later in life. ...Read more

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How should you explain that people can still be top athletes if they have asthma?

How should you explain that people can still be top athletes if they have asthma?

Asthma control: While asthma cannot be cured, asthma can be controlled. With controlled asthma, the lung function can be normal and the person (even an elite athlete) can fully and successfully participate in high intensity sports. A successful asthma regimen may require an asthma specialist such as an allergist or pulmonologist to develop an individualized plan. ...Read more

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I have asthma. What can I do to make sure I don't get an episode while I'm at work?

I have asthma. What can I do to make sure I don't get an episode while I'm at work?

Take your medication: The most common reason for occurrence of asthma attacks is persistent airway inflammation leaving breathing tubes vulnerable to inhaled irritants & allergens. Regular use of controller medications like inhaled corticosteroids either alone or combined with long-acting bronchodilators or singulair (montelukast) reduces inflammation. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. ...Read more

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What did we use against asthma in the 1940s-50s? Do we still use the same medicines?

What did we use against asthma in the 1940s-50s? Do we still use the same medicines?

EphedrinAdrenalinThe: There are three drugs used in 40s and50s
Adrenalin injection has been used for acute asthma attacks
Ephedrine which was used in china in 20s&30s has been used in west in oral form
Theophylline oral
IV Aminophyline for acute attacks
All these drugs are not used routinely any more these days ...Read more

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Can you outgrow asthma? I.E. Have it as a kid, then completely be free of asthma as an adult? If so, how does that work? Thank you.

Can you outgrow asthma? I.E. Have it as a kid, then completely be free of asthma as an adult? If so, how does that work? Thank you.

Not really...: Asthma is a chronic, incurable disease. However, you can have long, symptom-free intervals between exacerbations. Sometimes, these intervals can even last for years! But, you can develop an asthma exacerbation at any time, even after many symptom-free years so your asthma is really not gone, just in remission! Avoiding known triggers and avoiding smoking can lessen your chances of an acute episode. ...Read more

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Could I still be a marine with mild asthma?

Could I still be a marine with mild asthma?

Asthma: "Asthma (493), including reactive airway disease, exercise-induced bronchospasm or asthmatic bronchitis, reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after the 13th birthday, is disqualifying. Reliable diagnostic criteria may include any of the following elements: substantiated history of cough, wheeze, chest tightness, and/or dyspnea that persists or recurs over a prolonged period of time, generally more > ...Read more

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What medications for bronchial asthma work best?

What medications for bronchial asthma work best?

CONTROLLER MEDS: In my opinion Controller meds which include inhaled Steroids with long acting Bronchodilaters also inhaled in combinations if taken correctly work best and sometimes one can add Montelucast (Singular) to that to control Asthma and reduce the incidents of acute attacks and exacerbations to minimum
For acute attacks reliever meds like Albuterol or Levalbuteral are used with oral steroids sometimes ...Read more

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What kind of medicine works best for children's asthma?

What kind of medicine works best for children's asthma?

Pediatric asthma: All children with asthma should receive albuterol for quick relief of symptoms. Nih asthma guidelines suggest, children 0-4 years old with persistent asthma be treated preferably with low doses of inhaled steroids (pulmicort, flovent) or alternatively with singulair (montelukast) or cromolyn. As the severity worsens, higher doses of inhaled steroids are used and combined with singulair (montelukast) or serevent (as advair). ...Read more

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I have asthma and only optra inhaler works 80 percent and no other inhaler work.

I have asthma and only optra inhaler works 80 percent and no other inhaler work.

Asthma: Successful asthma treatment involves getting long term control with an inhaled steroid and also long acting beta agonist. You can use a short acting beta agonist for symptoms. Also avoidance of triggers is helpful ...Read more

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I have asthma but I am still having hard time breathing?

I have asthma but I am still having hard time breathing?

See doctor...: If you are short of breath despite taking your prescribed asthma meds, you need to see a doctor ASAP. If your shortness of breath is severe, then go to the ER to be evaluated. Shortness of breath is a serious symptom that can be life-threatening so don't hesitate to get yourself checked out. ...Read more

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I have asthma. Now I'm taking amoxicillin from 2days. But still its not helping. What should I do?

I have asthma. Now I'm taking amoxicillin from 2days. But still its not helping. What should I do?

Unknown: Since amoxicillin is not an asthma treatment, why you are taking it is not clear. Are you on regular asthma meds? Was this a secondary infection that aggravated your asthma? You need to clarify what you are treating with your doc, your issues are not clear the way you report it. ...Read more

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Asthma question. How do leukotriene inhibitors work?

Asthma question. How do leukotriene inhibitors work?

Prevention: Leukotriene is one of chemical mediators responsible for airway inflammation and bronchospasm leading to airway obstruction when asthma flares up. Singulair (montelukast) and accolate, known as leukotriene inhibitors, therefore prevent or reduce flare-ups. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which oral steroids work for asthma?

What is the mechanism by which oral steroids work for asthma?

Reduce inflammation: Steroids act as an anti inflammatory agent. When taken orally, they ultimately reach the lung and reduce the inflammatory process that results in bronchial constriction. Inhaled steroids are preferred in that they predominantly work in the lung and spare the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Amongst cipla, s Asthalin and Foracort Rotacaps which works best to decrease asthma in long terms.

Foracort: Foracort is a preventer and should be taken daily to reduce exacerbations of asthma. Asthalin is a reliever and is only used in acute attacks - it will not assist with reduction of future attacks. ...Read more

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Can I still be a commercial pilot with asthma?

Asthmatic pilot: As long as you are followed up regularly and have your asthma under control, I do not see a contraindication. ...Read more

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Can I still become a firefighter if I have asthma?

Bad idea: While it is a noble calling, you will be exposed to dense smoke, intensely hot dry air, dust, and ashes all of which can trigger your asthma and may lead to a life threatening attack. Since others are relying on you to be both a rescuer and a part of the team, getting taken out in the middle of action might make you a liability. Police work, medicine, etc are all still available... ...Read more

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What should I do if I have asthma, can I go abroad?

Yes: If you are currently being controlled well, there is no reason not to travel. Make sure you have your controllers and rescue inhalers with you at all times. As usual avoid any triggers (ie animal dander, etc) but most of all have a good time.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I still get into the army with very mild asthma?

Can I still get into the army with very mild asthma?

Is it really asthma?: The military is very sensitive about asthma but there are many people who think they have asthma that don't really. If interested in the military it would be good to discuss with a lung doctor how sure they are of the diagnosis. In mild cases a bronchoprovocation test with either methacholine or exercise could answer the question. ...Read more

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Is it safe to work with someone suffering from asthma?

Yes: Asthma poses no problem for co-workers. It is not contagious. If the person is very sick/short of breath, then encourage them to get some medicine! ...Read more

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Exposed to smoke from a fire at work and I have asthma?

Exposed to smoke from a fire at work and I have asthma?

Question not clear: To get the most out of this site, you submit background material, as you have, and a related question, which you have not. If you find your exposure at work worsens your asthma, work with your doc to adjust your meds. If that does not help, find another job. Your employer may or may not be required to modify your working conditions based on type/size of business. ...Read more