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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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How can asthma form?

How can asthma form?

Difficult to answer: Most asthma that starts in childhood can be linked to allergies. As we mature, other "triggers" may come into play such as occupational triggers (dust from manufacturing or fumes), pollution, etc. Though it sometimes can be difficult to put a finger on the cause, the treatments are usually the same- rescue inhalers and controllers (if necessary). Getting tested is always the best thing to do. ...Read more

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How do I treat asthma?

How do I treat asthma?

Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www. Asthma. Org. Nz/resources/ ...Read more

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. ...Read more

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How does asthma spread?

Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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Does asthma have a cure?

Does asthma have a cure?

No: Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start. Treatment usually involves learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping symptoms under control. In case of an asthma flare-up, you may need to use a. ...Read more

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How can I cure my asthma?

How can I cure my asthma?

You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read more

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How can you avoid asthma?

How can you avoid asthma?

Fight genetics!: That's right. 50% of asthma risk you get from your parents. If you choose ones with allergies or asthma you are already at high risk. Tell your parents not to smoke, especially when mom is pregnant with you. Tell them to get a dog and a cat before your birth. That helps. Don't live near roads with heavy diesel traffic. Avoid wood smoke & damp homes. Get exercise, sunshine & eat lots of fish. ...Read more

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Can cats give you asthma?

Can cats give you asthma?

Yes: Fur bearing animals like cats, dogs, etc are commonly associated as "triggers" in asthmatics. ...Read more

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How do I go about asthma?

How do I go about asthma?

Get to the root: The first thing is to be tested for your asthma. It is a simple test called spirometry. This, and your history, will permit the physician to make a proper diagnosis and recommend treatment. If you know now what things trigger an attack, either get rid of them (rugs, etc) or try to avoid contact (cats and dogs).
Remember, get tested first.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I treat my asthma?

How can I treat my asthma?

Find out what: Your "triggers" are...allergies/stress/environmental issues and find a good PULMONOLOGIST or ALLERGIST to help you design a medication program best for you! (Rescue inhalers, ongoing medications etc etc Some skin testing may be necessary! Start with your Primary Care Physician for a Referral
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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How can I stop m'y asthma?

How can I stop m'y asthma?

See answer: Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke, if you are overweight, than weight loss with a good exercise program and diet is recommended. Avoid triggers that may exacerbate your symptoms. Some people with asthma may have a genetic component and will simply need inhalers and meds to help with the disease. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose asthma?

How do you diagnose asthma?

Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves after a medication to open airways (albuterol). If symptoms are suggestive (chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, typically worse at night) and criteria are met on a breathing test, then asthma can be definitively diagnosed. ...Read more

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How to deal with my asthma?

How to deal with my asthma?

Many ways: If your "triggers" are allergy induced-- remove or minimize as many as possible. If exercise induced, talk to your physician about pre-treatment. Pollution and occupational induced asthma should also be discussed. Make sure you also have your rescue inhaler with you and if you use a controller, do not skip any doses.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Hii how to cure with asthma?

Hii how to cure with asthma?

Asthma Inhalers: Asthma can affect people to a varying degree for their whole life, although many children grow out of it.

Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms during a flare & preventing how often the symptoms occur.

Broadly, there are 2 types of inhalers: Relievers (usually blue in colour) and Preventers (orange, purple, red, brown or green).

More info? See 'Asthma Relievers' or 'Asthma Preventers' ...Read more

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Can children outgrow asthma?

Can children outgrow asthma?

Can be asymptomatic: You do not "outgrow" asthma, but can become asymptomatic- not have symptoms. The asthma can potentiaaly come back at a later date. Think of it as an iceberg. If below the surface no symptoms. Once about the water line symptoms return. ...Read more

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How can I control my asthma?

Many: 1. Identify and avoid asthma triggers (this may be allergic, irritant, ge reflux, sinus, colds, cold air, etc)
2. If persistent asthma, a daily controller medication like inhaled steroid medication is most effective. Many other meds also.
3. Influenza vaccine annually and pneumonia vaccine
4. Monitor symptoms (sometimes peak flows) and have a written asthma action plan to follow during an attack. ...Read more

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Any way I can cure my asthma?

Any way I can cure my asthma?

Unfortunately no: But the good news is that it can be controlled and you can lead a completely normal lifestyle, several Olympic medalists were asthmatic, treatments currently available helps managing the disease and controlling it to great extent, you need to keep follow up with your allergist/asthma specialist, and keep taking medicines as prescribed, good luck ...Read more

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Could people with asthma die?

Yes if uncontrolled: In an asthma attack the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes go into spasm in response to irritation. Trying to push air through the smaller pipes can cause fatigue and respiratory failure. Identifying your asthma triggers that set off attacks and working with your doctor to find the best combination of treatment to prevent attacks and an action plan to treat such attacks can control this risk. ...Read more

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How to heal asthma in summer?

How to heal asthma in summer?

Treatment...: Asthma can be treated but not cured. Typical treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. Most asthmatics can be rendered symptom-free between exacerbations. If you smoke, quitting is necessary to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor for treatment, especially if you still have symptoms. ...Read more

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When is asthma life threating?

Good question: My girl friend died from asthma. You need electronic peak flow meter and so2 monitor to know. You also want a competent lung doc. Inhaled steroids are standard therapy. Make sure you are not one of the 5000 asthma patients who die from it in the us every year. ...Read more

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What are the best asthma pills?

Each to his own: At least one study showed that nearly every case of asthma is unique in medication response and thus what is best is what works best for you. Inhaled steroid is the currently preferred drug, yet only about 50% of asthma actually responds to inhaled steroid.. As for pills, the only one I am aware of is Singulair (montelukast) or Accolate. Theophylline or terbutaline are rarely used nowadays. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have asthma?

Testing and history: The best way is to see your physician. A good history and spirometry testing can be used to determine asthma and its severity. A family history and personal allergies are also important to discuss.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I find if I have asthma?

Testing, discussion: Sometimes asthma is easy to spot. You start wheezing and having trouble breathing with exercise or viral illnesses. Or a chronic nighttime cough. However, if you aren't sure, such as a little tight cough after notable exercise, or if you're in the heat a lot, etc, then a visit to your doc can help. Sometimes pulmonary function testing (blowing into a special tube) can show if airflow is normal. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have asthma?

How can I tell if I have asthma?

Get checked: The symptoms of asthma, wheezing, coughing, difficulty breathing are common in other conditions as well. A physician can perform a spirometry -non-invasive- test coupled with your history to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do to calm my asthma?

Bronchodilatators: Like ventalin or albuterol. For long term control, cosult your doctor. ...Read more

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What food can trgger the asthma?

What food can trgger the asthma?

Unusual but anything: In theory almost any food can cause an allergic reaction -- which includes asthma symptoms. But most mild food allergic reactions aren't so severe. See a board certified allergist if you have had symptoms.. They can easily help you pinpoint the cause. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have asthma?

How can I know if I have asthma?

Symptoms: Asthma symptoms include recurrent episodes of cough, wheezing, chest tightness, and/or shortness of breath triggered by exercise, cold air, colds, sinus infections, allergies, air pollution, smoke. To help confirm the diagnosis, a breathing test called spirometry is performed before and after a few puffs of albuterol inhaler. An allergist or pulmonologist is specially trained to diagnose asthma. ...Read more

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Do children outgrow their asthma?

Do children outgrow their asthma?

Perhaps: This is an area of controversy in medicine. Statistically, there are many children with childhood asthma who grow up to not complain of symptoms; however it is not clear if they are just avoiding activity that incites asthma or are used to the symptoms and don't seek treatment. So, it is possible to be an adult who had childhood asthma and be relatively symptom free. ...Read more