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Can You Develop Asthma
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
Aggravates them: Second hand smoke is an irritant, like chlorine gas, hair spray, heavy odors, cleaning fumes, etc.All such irritants can aggravate a lung condition like asthma or bronchitis. Many people with both are asymptomatic except when exposed to such triggers. They don't cause it they can trigger a worsening of symptoms if someone has them. ...Read more
Can you develop new asthma triggers to things that have never bothered you before, such as things in your home?
New allergies occur: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lung airways and one of the major inflammatory mediators is allergy. Allergies are dynamic so if you have a tendency to be allergic you can develop new allergies. Therefore the answer to your question is yes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not uncommon.: Sometimes a viral infection can trigger this...or it is possible to develop seasonal or other allergies, even if they weren't there when younger. There are other lung conditions that can mimic asthma, so just be sure you've discussed this with your doctor or a pulmonologist or allergist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cough, wheeze: Symptoms of asthma may include: --dry cough, especially at night or in response to specific "triggers" like allergens. --chest tightness --shortness of breath at rest or after exercise --wheezing—a whistling sound—when breathing out --colds that settle in the chest or last for more than 10-14 days. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely: Though chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is commonly associated with smoking, asthma is not linked as closely. Many times asthma begins in chiildhood but there is no age limit. Since you're in your 40's you may want to look into the tirggers that may be causing your attacks. Specifically occupational (factory chemicals, noxious fumes,etc) Animal dander allergies (dogs and cats). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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