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Could You Get Asthma By Eating Too Much
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
Asthma & Obesity: Obesity (being overweight) caused by overeating can definitely cause worsening of asthma and put undo stress on lungs. Obesity can cause what's 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
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
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
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
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
My daughter was diagnosed with asthma and she's 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
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
Lung function test: The best lung function test is spirometry. This breathing test measures the volume of air a person can breathe out. Another newer test is a breath analysis for Nitric Oxide that measures airway inflammation. It's call feno. Ask your doctor to have these tests done if a diagnosis of asthma is suspected. ...Read more
Yes: While most asthma tends to develop in young children, asthma can develop at any age. In adults, new onset asthma may follow a severe respiratory infection or allergen exposure at the work place. Sometimes, asthma can occur in childhood, resolve (remission), then re-occur again in adulthood. If symptoms are suggestive of asthma, no matter the age, the person should be evaluated. ...Read more
Diagnosis...: The diagnosis can be made by your doctor on clinical grounds or you can be sent to a pulmonary function lab to get pfts, including bronchoprovocation testing, if needed. Your family doctor can order this testing but the test is interpreted by a pulmonary doctor. You can also be evaluated by a pulmonary doctor. ...Read more
SOB & PFT: Symptoms of asthma would include episodic shortness of breath. Sometimes your shortness of breath ("SOB" I wasn't being insulting) is triggered by an allergen or inhaled toxin or irritant. The test of choice to ask for would be a pulmonary function test with a methacholine challenge, which would help document the reversibility that is a hallmark of asthma. ...Read more
Allergist: To determine if you have asthma it would be best to see an allergist. While pulmonary function testing can help in making the diagnosis, many patients with asthma actually have normal pft's. The diagnosis is often make based on the history and the patient's response to treatment. Skin testing may also help in finding the triggers for the symptoms of coughing and/or wheezing. ...Read more
Less than 5 is hard: Studies have shown that a 3 years old, has had 3 or more wheezy episodes in a year, has proven allergy and has a parent with a history of asthma, then this child has a 60% chance of having asthma already. Pulmonary function tests are helpful after age 5. It is possible to do an eno test in younger kids. If your child has received more than 1 course of oral steroids in a yr, see pediatricallergist. ...Read more
Absolutely: Yes, one can have what are known as "exacerbations, " when the symptoms of asthma get worse. These are often triggered by exposure to smoke (e. G, cigarettes, wood smoke, etc.), molds, environmental allergens (e.g., pollen) or simply by exercising and increasing the workload on the lungs. ...Read more
Dificult question: Many asthmatics developed their condition because of allergies at an early age. The mos common being animal dander, dust mites, seasonal pollen, etc. Family links have been found but exactly which genes are involved eludes us today. There also appears to be an ethnic link involved. As you can see there are many issues involved is asthma. It is more importnat to get treated rather than know the why's. ...Read more
Overexposure: Someone could conceive ably overexpose themselves to known allergens such as dust, mold or other allergens. ...Read more
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