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Dr. Sue Ferranti
2,964 doctors shared insights

Asthma (Definition)

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


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Even though I am not over weight (121 pounds and 5 ft 1 inch), can overeating irritate my asthma? I am a compulsive overeater.

Even though I am not over weight (121 pounds and 5 ft 1 inch), can overeating irritate my asthma? I am a compulsive overeater.

May be: a full stomach may exert pressure on your chest compressing the already tight airways,another mechanism is through acid reflux, but you might not suffer from so long you are not overweight, moderation is the key, frequent small meals better than less frequent big meals, and you can gage yourself accordingly, but watch out, you can easily become overweight if you don't watch your calories ...Read more

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Does overeating put stress on the lungs? Can overeating exasperate asthma??

Does overeating put stress on the lungs?  Can overeating exasperate asthma??

Asthma & Obesity: Obesity (being overweight) caused by overeating can definitely cause worsening of asthma and put undo stress on lungs. Obesity can cause whats called a restrictive pattern on pulmonary function testing due to excess weight on chest wall. Also asthma control can worsen with increased weight gain. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has croup & has asthma should he get a breathing treatmnt his flem is light green & he's not eating should I take him to pedi dr 5th day.

My 4yr old has croup & has asthma should he get a breathing treatmnt his flem is light green & he's not eating  should I take him to pedi  dr 5th day.

See the doctor: If he is having a problem breathing now, do the treatments on a regular basis, mostly albuterol every 4 to 6 hours. You should call his pediatrician in any case, prior to seeing him/her, as a slight infection can trigger his asthma. Do not wait for the weekend to be over. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you get tested for asthma?

Could you tell me what happens when you get tested for asthma?

Breathing tests: The usual test for asthma is a breathing test called spirometry where a person blows into a machine. The person then takes some puffs of albuterol (asthma medication by inhaler) and the breathing test is repeated 20 minutes later. If the breathing improves by 12%, then this is consistent with asthma. For a new diagnosis, a chest x-ray may be done and if available, a Nitric Oxide breath test. ...Read more

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How could someone get permanent asthma from bronchitis?

How could someone get permanent asthma from bronchitis?

Asthma vs bronchitis: Asthma is a chronic disease - the result of inflammation in the airways of the lungs. It can be worsened by a number of triggers, and the disease is managed with medications that control the inflammation and open the airways. Bronchitis is also due to inflammation, but is usually short-lived and the result of a virus. You may have a nagging cough for a few weeks, but won't develop asthma. ...Read more

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Can taking too much of an vitamen cause asthma to get worse?

Can taking too much of an vitamen cause asthma to get worse?

Probably not: It's difficult to take too much vitamin b or c because the body will just eliminate extra in the urine. There are toxic side effects from taking too much vitamin a, d, e, or k as these are fat-soluble vitamins and may "build up" in a person's body. The side effects however are not related to worsening asthma. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with asthma and shes 5 what could cause her to get asthma all of a sudden?

My daughter was diagnosed with asthma and shes 5 what could cause her to get asthma all of a sudden?

Known: There are many genes associated with an increased risk for asthma. As a result asthma is often associated with illnesses that precede it like eczema & food allergies. Then environmental factors play on these vulnerabilities to trigger asthma. Such factors include viral respiratory infection, pollution especially cigarette smoke & allergens like dust mite and especially around age 5 plant pollens. ...Read more

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I always had a great cardio. But nowadays I tend to get tired very quickly in jiujitsu. Could it be asthma?How do I know?

Wheezing?: The hallmark symptom of asthma is wheezing--you may feel tightness in your chest, and hear a whistling sound in your chest. It may be hard to inhale and even harder to exhale. Your family might even be able to hear you wheeze. Cold air could make it worse. There are other things that can cause fatigue and shortness of breath while exercising. See your doctor if it continues. ...Read more

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How can my asthma get worse?

How can my asthma get worse?

If off meds: Asthma can worsen when off meds, if exposed to allergens to which you are allergic, exposure to cold dry air or sometimes exercise, as well as being infected with the common cold. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Overeating (Definition)

Overeating is a clinical finding that can be the result of mental health or physical condition or, in some young children, due ...Read more