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Could I have mild asthma and COPD at the same time?

Could I have mild asthma and COPD at the same time?

Absolutely: Asthma and COPD are technically two separate processes, though more research is showing similarities between the two. Both conditions are considered "obstructive" processes; that is, they obstruct air flow from the lungs out into the environment. Asthma typically affects the smaller airways, while COPD mostly affects the alveoli -- tiny air sacs at the very end of our airways. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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I have a dry cough.every time it appears when I sleep in bed and at the same time a mild Asthma attack every day.how can I control the cough?

I have a dry cough.every time it appears when I sleep in bed and at the same time a mild Asthma attack every day.how can I control the cough?

Mgt: I would suggest pillow and mattress covers and keeping the bedroom including flooring thoroughly clean. Timing your dose of Albuterol before bedtime and taking the asthma control test online will help determine the next step. An online consult can be made online healthtap.com/DosanjhMD Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Would i be misdiagnosed with COPD if I have a chest cold at the time of the xray?

Would i be misdiagnosed with COPD if I have a chest cold at the time of the xray?

COPD: It is easy to misdiagnosed with copd. Some patient diagnosed with COPD may have other causes of shortness of breath. X ray findings of COPD are rather non-specific. ...Read more

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I have been having a mild chest pain that ends with cough at the end of deep breaths at the morning for years, also I have reflux of food when bendin?

I have been having a mild chest pain that ends with cough at the end of deep breaths at the morning for years, also I have reflux of food when bendin?

Question?: I'm not sure what you're asking. The pain you have may all be due to reflux. If you smoke, that would be a common cause of pain with a deep breath. Everyone gets a little pain when they take repeated maximally deep breaths -that's normal. ...Read more

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Having all the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. My breathlessness got worse and my airways feel constricted can I do anything to treat it at home?

Having all the symptoms of pulmonary hypertension. My breathlessness got worse and my airways feel constricted can I do anything to treat it at home?

Breathless: Hi NadiaM, first off, usually pulmonary hypertension is a consequence of a lung disease. There are cases where it is the primary cause, but not as common as the other. At your age, It would be more likely that you are suffering from asthma, allergies, or illness. You will likely need to see your doctor. They will likely get lung tests, xray, and an echocardiogram to check your lung pressures. ...Read more

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I have a severe lung condition, but I also have asthma, bronchitis, and the most severe case of sinus polyps he has ever seen but is taking his time t?

I have a severe lung condition, but I also have asthma, bronchitis, and the most severe case of sinus polyps he has ever seen but is taking his time t?

Aspirin?: You may have a condition known as aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease which can be difficult to treatment. You don't need to take any ASA or NSAID tp get it but taking these drugs often trigger a severe attack. Consult an allergist to find out since Aspirin desensitization often provides great relief for your condition. ...Read more

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Only chanced steroid inhalers from clenil to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and x4 in the mornings and evenings when should I see signs of improvement as still having problems sleeping at night what could I do till then?

Only chanced steroid inhalers from clenil to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and x4 in the mornings and evenings when should I see signs of improvement as still having problems sleeping at night what could I do till then?

Steroid inhalers: Steroid or steroid/long-acting bronchodilator combination inhalers for asthma do not take effect quickly,and are not used for immediate relief in asthma exacerbations. If an inhaled bronchodilator such as salbutamol (albuterol) used as-needed is not working well enough and Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) or similar has not taken effect, oral steroids are sometimes given.This needs to be assessed by the prescribing doc. ...Read more

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19yo, and not a smoker, and sigh and cough at the same time,ihave acidity in the stomach, and I dont have the stomach germ,difficult breathing help me?

19yo, and not a smoker, and sigh and cough at the same time,ihave acidity in the stomach, and I dont have the stomach germ,difficult breathing help me?

Need rx for reflux &: You have acid reflux and shortness of breath.you need to be evaluated by your doctor and need to be treated appropriately for your acid reflux.with lifestyle modifications like loose weight if obese,eat dinner at least 3 hours before bed,elevate head of the bed while sleeping and may need acid suppression therapy with H2 blockers orPPIs. If still short of breath needs further evaluation for asthma ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with costochondritis. How can I distinguish the sharp pain I have all the time vs a heart attack? also my heart seems to race at times

I was diagnosed with costochondritis. How can I distinguish the sharp pain I have all the time vs a heart attack? also my heart seems to race at times

Physical exam: Physical exam is usually beneficial in differentiating between the two. Palpating on the costchondral junction should completely reproduce the symptoms of costochondritis, where it won't at all for a cardiac event. Certainly if there is concern, a cardiac workup can be done to rule out a cardiac cause. ...Read more

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What should I do about congestion and trouble breathing in the mornings? Every morning i wake up congested and short of breath. I don't have any pets and no known allergies. The congestion goes away as the day progresses. What could be causing this?

What should I do about congestion and trouble breathing in the mornings? Every morning i wake up congested and short of breath. I don't have any pets and no known allergies. The congestion goes away as the day progresses. What could be causing this?

There : There are many different causes of feeling the sensation of shortness of breath, the most serious of which are those arising from a heart or lung problem. Some causes of feeling breathless manifest with subtle patterns e.g. With symptoms that change with the time of day. Only a detailed history and examination from your doctor can help provide a clue what the cause of the symptoms could be. For example, feeling shortness of breath due to congestive heart failure can result in feeling breathless when lying down flat (e.g. On a bed) or in the middle of the night. Conversely, symptoms of asthma are typically worse in the mornings and slowly dissipate through the day. This however is not specific for asthma, as conditions such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis (inhaled lung allergies) for example, can arise from something as simple as your down-comforter. This will result in feeling breathless in the morning when you are exposed to a down-comforter, and go away during the day when you are away from your bed. This example illustrates the complexity of trying to determine the cause of feeling breathless, as many people will not know if they can be allergic to something like a down-comforter unless they see a pulmonary specialist. Coexisting symptoms such as congestion can also provide a clue with regards to the cause, but again the type of congestion matters. Chronic nasal congestion (blocked nose) suggests a problem such as allergy-related. Feeling congested within the chest, especially in association with wheezing suggests asthma. ...Read more

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Sound similar to inspiratory wheezing but through my nose not lungs that's daily and all day long? Some snoring at nightNever had asthma or allergies

Sound similar to inspiratory wheezing but through my nose not lungs that's daily and all day long? Some snoring at nightNever had asthma or allergies

Allergies: People do not realize you can have inflammation of the nasal walls without knowing you have allergies or even have tumors called polyps. I would recommend having your doc look into the nose to see what the problem is. You may be sensitive to foods or chemicals you are being exposed to or even medications. ...Read more

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Lot of bloating, dry cough, sometimes but mostly at night and shortness of breath. Took a lung test and said technically satifactory normal but showing mild lung disease can I be treated?

Lot of bloating, dry cough, sometimes but mostly at night and shortness of breath. Took a lung test and said technically satifactory normal but showing mild lung disease can I be treated?

Dry cough: Dry cough can be caused by a form of acid reflux called laryngopharyngeal reflux (lpr). Sometimes lpr is 'silent' meaning that no hearty burn is noted. Stop caffeine, alcohol and late meals and try otc acid blockers (omeprazole). If your cough continues see a pulmonary doctor. ...Read more

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I started having a sharp pain in my chest very few minutes or so for the last 3 days.It happens at all times of day and night. I thought it might be acid reflux but i don't have any of the symphtons they list for that. The pain is in the center of my ches

Chest : Chest pain should never be ignored. It is crucial that you seek emergency medical attention to determine if you are suffering a heart attack, especially if use of otc antacids are not relieving your pain. While chest pain can be attributed to indigestion, it is so important to go to the emergency room to have your cardiac status and labs assessed. Heart attacks are caused by a blockage in the heart that cuts off vital circulation to certain parts of the heart, causing tissue injury and chest pain is a sign of injury - this can be fatal! if you are experience severe chest pain or pressure, call 911, do not drive. ...Read more

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I have COPD I am having to take more inhaler as of late, due to tightness in throat and wheezing, does this mean that it is getting worse?

I have COPD I am having to take more inhaler as of late, due to tightness in throat and wheezing, does this mean that it is getting worse?

Acute exacerbation: Either getting worse or just sudden worsening, what we call acute exacerbation. You didn't mention which inhalers but in general, you should be on three, two of which are preventive (spiriva or tudorza plus advair or symbicort), and third is rescue (albuterol). Could also consider Daliresp (roflumilast) pill. Go see your doctor for evaluation & adjustment of your regimen. ...Read more

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I have a little shortness of breath with some chest pain that feels in the lung. I was checked at the er for anything heart related. There were no issues. I've had these symptoms since late Friday night. What could it be?

Chest pain SOB: On birth control pills and /or a smoker? rarely may be clot in lungs, more likely reflux (try ranitidine 150 a day and prevecid 30 a day elevate head of bed), asthma -need inhaler check peak flow , bronchitis, costochondritis-pain w/ pressing chesttake motrin Most concerning is clot in lung check go to urgent care/ ER today and get d-dimer blood test if negative no clot, ...Read more

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19yo, and not a smoker, and sigh and cough at the same time,I have acidity in the stomach, and I dont have the stomach germ plaese help me plaese.

19yo, and not a smoker, and sigh and cough at the same time,I have acidity in the stomach, and I dont have the stomach germ plaese help me plaese.

Anxiety: I feel your distress. Commend yourself for wanting to have good Health by not smoking. Acidity in stomach is due to stresses of relationships, and past unresolved conflicts causing worry, sadness, hurt, resentment, anger and helplessness. Be the Captain of your thoughts, feelings and actions. Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga and Meditation and Tai Chi. See a Psychiatrist for Therapy. ...Read more

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Can anxiety really cause you to be short of breath? I have felt short of breath for over two years now the doctors checked my heart and i did a lung function test to check for asthma which both came back fine. The doctor then told me I have anxiety and ga

Can anxiety really cause you to be short of breath? I have felt short of breath for over two years now the doctors checked my heart and i did a lung function test to check for asthma which both came back fine. The doctor then told me I have anxiety and ga

Hello. : Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. Panic attacks are a form of anxiety. They are discrete episodes in which a person feels overwhelming anxiety;can breath rapidly; feel short of breath;have chest tightness, pressure or pain; nausea or knot is stomach, dizziness, numbness or tingling just to mention a few symptoms. ...Read more

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I have had asthma since i was an infant, and i seem to get sick often and for a long duration. Does asthma increase the likeliness of getting sick?

I have had asthma since i was an infant, and i seem to get sick often and for a long duration. Does asthma increase the likeliness of getting sick?

Maybe: If you have asthma since infancy and it was and is now poorly controlled, your lung function can diminish and cause respiratory infections ( i assume this is the sickness you are talking about). If you are taking oral cortisone for long periods, it can affect you immune system as well. Look into this with your physician. ...Read more

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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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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more