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Do inhaled steroids help the lungs heal when you have copd?

Do inhaled steroids help the lungs heal when you have copd?

Inflammation...: Inhaled steroids decrease airway inflammation in COPD which can decrease disease progression. There is no cure for COPD but inhaled steroids decreases symptoms of disease by decreasing inflammation in the 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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Do steroid inhalers make your lungs stronger in the long run. I have copd. Don't use inhalers.

Do steroid inhalers make your lungs stronger in the long run. I have copd. Don't use inhalers.

Steroids: The ability of the inhalers to work depend mostly on the degree or amount of lung disease. If you have significant lung involvement, the inhalers will only relieve symptoms and not reverse any lung damage. ...Read more

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Do i need to add maintenance and rescue steroids to singulair (montelukast) if i've never had an acute asthma attack but have uncomfortable breathing on exertion?

Do i need to add maintenance and rescue steroids to singulair (montelukast) if i've never had an acute asthma attack but have uncomfortable breathing on exertion?

Asthma: Did your doctor test you for asthma and confirmed the diagnosis? If so, i would follow the instruction for the inhalers since ~5, 000 people die from asthma attacks and ~500, 000 hospitalizations yearly. ...Read more

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Will asthma always respond to prednisone? Have tightness in throat/reduced lung capacity not responding to pred or inhalers. Not asthma?

Will asthma always respond to prednisone? Have tightness in throat/reduced lung capacity not responding to pred or inhalers. Not asthma?

Not always: Depending on the severity of asthma, some do not respond to steroids. Another medication for severe asthma that may work if you have allergies is xolair. See an allergist, get tested and see if you are a candidate for it. ...Read more

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What happens if you have emphysema, can you still use nicotine inhalers or does this still damage your lungs?

What happens if you have emphysema, can you still use nicotine inhalers or does this still damage your lungs?

No: although you may have more trouble with cough after using the inhaler. It is NOT nicotine that causes damage to the lungs, it is the other substances in tobacco smoke - "tars" are organic compunds produced by tobacco combustion, plus things like carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and many other additives, flavorings, preservatives etc. I would recommend the nicotine lozenges instead to avoid cough. ...Read more

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How to move sputum from bottom of lungs if patient can't cough? Broncholoscopy lavage not worked.Suction & neb not working. Any suggestions appreciate

How to move sputum from bottom of lungs if patient can't cough? Broncholoscopy lavage not worked.Suction & neb not working. Any suggestions appreciate

More information : Human cough is the most powerful tool for maintaining adequate pulmonary hygiene. Everything else is inferior. However feeble cough due to severe neuromuscular disorders ( myopathhies, lou gehrig's disease) may need adjunct therapies such as vest( vibrating and percussion from a wrap around the chest to keep the mucus moving ). Once again only useful in the above conditions not in normal humans. ...Read more

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How to clear lungs and open airways. No asthma but wheeze and dry cough. Feel clogged. What can I take? Anything natural? Can lungs close off?

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How to clear lungs and open airways. No asthma but wheeze and dry cough. Feel clogged. What can I take?  Anything natural? Can lungs close off?

How do you know?: You will need a lung function test to ascertain whether your have asthma. If you smoke, you may be suffering from chronic bronchitis and the treatment is stopping smoking- the most natural way. If you continue on smoking even just 1 pack a day, you are risking conditions such as chronic irreversible lung obstruction, bronchitis, and even cancers involving different body parts. ...Read more

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What can a person on beta blockers do for chest wheeze, cough, phlegm when albuterol breathing treatments are contraindicated? How to clear out lungs?

What can a person on beta blockers do for chest wheeze, cough, phlegm when albuterol breathing treatments are contraindicated? How to clear out lungs?

Alternative: I don't know the contraindication to albuterol but there is Levalbuterol as alternative. In addition, an inhaled steroid is usually indicated for chronic lung problems. Revisit your bblocker as there are also more selective ones that don't induce bronchospasm. Talk to your doctor about these. And definitely try to see if you can get cough meds. Cough can induce wheezing. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do COPD inhalers have steroids in it?

Do COPD inhalers have steroids in it?

Some do....: Some of the inhalers to treat COPD do have a steroid medication in them. If the inhaler is a combination inhaler, one of the meds in the inhaler may be a steroid. There are also inhalers that just contain a steroid. If you take your inhalers either to your doctor or pharmacist, they could tell you if your specific inhalers contain a steroid med. ...Read more

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If your difficulty breathing responds to asthma rescue inhalers, does that guarantee you don't have anxiety and you have a real lung disorder instead?

If your difficulty breathing responds to asthma rescue inhalers, does that guarantee you don't have anxiety and you have a real lung disorder instead?

Not necessarily: I see you have belching, reflux, and now have experienced improved breathing with a rescue inhaler. The improvement with a rescue inhaler indicates you have reversible airway reactivity. This is not a disease of the lungs but, rather, a tendency of the muscles of the airways leading to your lungs to go into a spasm and possibly have inflammation. This can be on an allergic bases as in traditional asthma. In your situation the reflux may be causing small amounts of acid to seep into the airways making them more reactive. Food allergies can trigger increased reflux by causing esophageal inflammation. Having airway reactivity can cause anxiety and having anxiety can worsen airway reactivity as well as increase the severity of reflux. You will need to have the reflux addressed, determine if you have a problem with the ability of food to stay in your stomach and not come back up, see if your belching could be due to Helicobacter Pylori, for example, an infection that can be treated, and determine of you have chronic inflammation in your airways needing treatment. ...Read more

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I inhaled mold and i'm curious if mold spores can cause damage to my lungs if i inhale daily. Can immune system handle it or i will get infection ?

I inhaled mold and i'm curious if mold spores can cause damage to my lungs if i inhale daily. Can immune system handle it or i will get infection ?

Depends: Mold spores are in the air everywhere. It depends on what type of mold, how much and if you have any existing lung disorder. A normal immune system can usually handle mold spores, but allergic reactions may occur with normal immune system. If you have any respiratory symptoms, it would be prudent to see your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Besides taking inhaled steroids, are there other ways to reduce lung inflammation. Also would the lungs heal themselves overtime if nothing was done.

Besides taking inhaled steroids, are there other ways to reduce lung inflammation. Also would the lungs heal themselves overtime if nothing was done.

Other meds...: There are certainly other meds to control symptoms of lung inflammation. If we are talking about asthma alternatives like leukotriene inhibitors,mast cell stabilizers, methylxanthines like theophilline,among others which could help with this problem depending on the trigger. If we are talking about COPD then it is more difficult to treat since damage is not reversible and meds just treat symptoms ...Read more

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I'm exposed to substances at work that worsen my asthma. What can I do to prevent this?

I'm exposed to substances at work that worsen my asthma. What can I do to prevent this?

Take precautions: I agree with dr. Diamond's answer. I would also recommend taking any steps to minimize environmental exposures e.g. Using appropriate gear to reduce breathing in fine particles or irritants. I would strongly advocate seeing a pulmonologist or occupational medicine specialist and getting lung function testing. Chronic allergen or irritant exposure can lead to permanent loss of lung function. ...Read more

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My toddler was prescribed an inhaler to relieve a cough that doesn't go away but i was told that excessive use of inhalers can develop into asthma?

My toddler was prescribed an inhaler to relieve a cough that doesn't go away but i was told that excessive use of inhalers can develop into asthma?

Not quite: The inhaler is to relieve bronchial constriction. The inhaler will not lead to asthma....Asthma leads to the use of an inhaler. Excessive use of any medication can lead to unpleasant side effects that can land you in the er. Use the inhaler properly and as directed, and if there is still a problem with the cough, be seen again. ...Read more

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A respiratory therapist told me that THC can cause your throat to swell and restrict your airways when inhaled. Can this also happen when ingested ?

A respiratory therapist told me that THC can cause your throat to swell and restrict your airways when inhaled. Can this also happen when ingested ?

Not unless allergic: The smoke is part of the problem causing airway issues. Ingestion does not create the same issues. ...Read more

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Steam danger to the lungs.i read that if u inhale steam it can burn your lung away makn it harder to breathIt feltharder to breath after I inhaled it.

Steam danger to the lungs.i read that if u inhale steam it can burn your lung away makn it harder to breathIt feltharder to breath after I inhaled it.

Possible: Yes, steam that is at a certain temperature can damage the lungs, but this would be from a boiler or something like that. Steam from a vaporizer should not damage your lungs. ...Read more

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Do inhaled steroids help the lungs heal when you have copd?

Inflammation...: Inhaled steroids decrease airway inflammation in COPD which can decrease disease progression. There is no cure for COPD but inhaled steroids decreases symptoms of disease by decreasing inflammation in the airways. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Steroids (Definition)

Many children with croup need prescription medications. Often steroids can ...Read more