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At my dr's he has me exhale into a machine for my asthma. Always100%. But most of my difficulties are at night. My dr does nothing. What can I do?

At my dr's he has me exhale into a machine for my asthma. Always100%. But most of my difficulties are at night. My dr does nothing. What can I do?

2nd opinion?: If your doctor isn't meeting your expectations, you have a couple of options. 1) tell him your concerns and frustrations-maybe he doesn't know that you don't feel he's addressed your concerns. 2) seek another opinion
communication is very important. If you find it difficult to discuss everything during your visit, write it down, and give to your doctor at the beginning of your visit. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Where can I buy a nebulizer machine for a child with asthma?

Where can I buy a nebulizer machine for a child with asthma?

Health care equipmen: Stores that sell health care equipment usually also carry nebulizers. Also home health care companies will often bring the nebulizer to your home and teach you how to use it, as well as supply the medications. A prescription is required in order for your insurance to pay for it. ...Read more

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What factors should I consider when picking a nebulizer machine for a child with asthma?

What factors should I consider when picking a nebulizer machine for a child with asthma?

Portability...: You will likely be taking this machine with you at times and there are light-weight machines that work really well. The easier it is to take with you outside the home the more likely your child will be compliant with treatment. Depending on the age of the child, it may be helpful to involve the child in the selection of the machine. ...Read more

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I am taking singulair (montelukast) for my asthma everyday. Can I still put on my asthma machine?

I am taking singulair (montelukast) for my asthma everyday. Can I still put on my asthma machine?

Yes you may: If your asthma is acting up, you can nebulize with albuterol. If you need it more than twice a week, your asthma is not under good control. You should be taking a stronger controller medication than the singulair (montelukast). Schedule an evaluation with your doctor so together you can work out a plan for daily medication. If symptom triggers are unknown then, ask your doctor to refer you to an allergist ...Read more

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Are steam machines beneficial for sinus issues? Anything to know before I consider buying one from a catalog? Have asthma/allergies.

Are steam machines beneficial for sinus issues? Anything to know before I consider buying one from a catalog? Have asthma/allergies.

Humidity: Humidifiers can be helpful for allergic rhinitis....The nasal issues. Humidity can also worsen symptoms of asthma. If you have worsening of your asthma symptoms when you shower in the hot and humid conditions then the humidifier might not be the best idea. ...Read more

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What do we call the machine that is used with albuterol when a child has asthma?

What do we call the machine that is used with albuterol when a child has asthma?

Nebulizer: The machine that can be used for asthma medicines is called a nebulizer. It consists of an air compressor (the box that is plugged into the wall) and the nebulizer (this is where the medicine is placed). ...Read more

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If I don't sleep on Cpap machine like I'm suppose to be will it make hard for me to breathe even of I have asthma??

If I don't sleep on Cpap machine like I'm suppose to be will it make hard for me to breathe even of I have asthma??

See your doctor: You have a CPAP machine, you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea which can be life threatening. Not wearing your CPAP is endangering your life. As you are aware, your airway closes during the night while asleep. Many people don't like using a CPAP and there is an alternative that is recognized as a viable option. An oral appliance can be made for you by a dentist that has expertise in sleep apnea ...Read more

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Who do I talk to about getting a breathing machine for my asthma?

Who do I talk to about getting a breathing machine for my asthma?

Talk with Dr: Anyone old enough to figure out how to use an inhaler is often better off using one rather than keeping track of the equipment & supplies needed for a nebulizer. This may require a special demonstration & practice &/or use of a spacer. Routine maintenance meds can be delivered to the lungs in a fraction of the time needed to set up a treatment. If you are unable to use one, the dr can prescribe it. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended workout program (cardio / weights / weight machines) for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what?

Is there a recommended workout program (cardio / weights / weight machines) for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what?

Recommendation: Make sure you take your chronic medicines. Take your short-acting medicine before exercise, and do an incremental exercise as you can tolerate. Only avoid food you can be allergic to, eat and live healthy and avoid begin around smokers. You'll be fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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Took b/p with home machine 123/60 shows irregular heart beat sign pn machine should I be concerned have wheezing from asthma?

Took b/p with home machine 123/60 shows irregular heart beat sign pn machine should I be concerned have wheezing from asthma?

Possibly: The irregular signal may be artifactual, but if you are having symptoms of shortness of breath, palpitations, chest discomfort, dizziness or light headed ness, see a doctor to get it checked out. ...Read more

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Everyday I feel short of breath no matter what I am doing. Yes I have asthma and sleep apnea but I don't like sleeping on my sleep apnea machine?

Everyday I feel short of breath no matter what I am doing. Yes I have asthma and sleep apnea but I don't like sleeping on my sleep apnea machine?

Nike Commercial Wisp: When things are EASY to do often times their value is minimal. When things are HARD to do then, almost always results have IMPORTANT VALUE. Do you take your medication and follow directions of your doctor for your asthma? Does "don't like sleeping..." mean that you DON'T use your machine as you should? Then, you will feel tired and be breathless. And nobody will be able to fix it. "Just Do It." ...Read more

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My daughter has been put on albuterol for machine and flovent inhaler. Prednason. How far apart should be taken? She's 11 with bronchitis, asthma rsv.

No relation: The Flovent inhaler should be administered either once or twice a day, everyday. This will only prevent her from becoming ill. The Prednisone should be limited to a 5 day course and is typically administered daily. The albuterol is your rescue medication. You shoudl give it to your daughter when she is having trouble breathing. You can safely give it every 3 hours if you have to. ...Read more

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I like to find out if I can use the vest clearance system and cough assist machine for my allergy asthma. Piles makes me sick to stomach and gag thank?

I like to find out if I can use the vest clearance system and cough assist machine for my allergy asthma. Piles makes me sick to stomach and gag thank?

Vest will not help: Vest clearance system is designed for specific abnormalities of the lung. If you are diagnosed with asthma, the underlying problem is irritation and inflammation of the air ways in the lung. You need to be on medications- not necessarily pills- to control it. Vest will not help in those situations. ...Read more

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What is the best way for an asthmatic child to inhale when using the nebulizer machine?

What is the best way for an asthmatic child to inhale when using the nebulizer machine?

Breathe normally: The nebulizer spreads the medication dose over about 5 to 10 minutes. The child should breathe normally through the mask attached to the machine. Tip- if the child is sitting upright so that the medication cup is upright, the whole system works better. ...Read more

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I'm am asthmatic use cpap machine to sleep the corners of my mouth are dry and cracking could it be because of these issues?

I'm am asthmatic use cpap machine to sleep the corners of my mouth are dry and cracking could it be because of these issues?

Might: Would not have anything to do with asthma.Should not be a problem if you use a full face mask and a machine with a humidifier. If not you are likely drying out your mouth/lips. ...Read more

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Can asthma return?

Can asthma return?

Yes: Asthma can present or represent at any time. ...Read more

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How can asthma form?

How can asthma form?

Difficult to answer: Most asthma that starts in childhood can be linked to allergies. As we mature, other "triggers" may come into play such as occupational triggers (dust from manufacturing or fumes), pollution, etc. Though it sometimes can be difficult to put a finger on the cause, the treatments are usually the same- rescue inhalers and controllers (if necessary). Getting tested is always the best thing to do. ...Read more

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How do I treat asthma?

How do I treat asthma?

Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www. Asthma. Org. Nz/resources/ ...Read more

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. ...Read more

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How does asthma spread?

Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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Does asthma have a cure?

Does asthma have a cure?

No: Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start. Treatment usually involves learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping symptoms under control. In case of an asthma flare-up, you may need to use a. ...Read more

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How can I cure my asthma?

How can I cure my asthma?

You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read more

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How can you avoid asthma?

Fight genetics!: That's right. 50% of asthma risk you get from your parents. If you choose ones with allergies or asthma you are already at high risk. Tell your parents not to smoke, especially when mom is pregnant with you. Tell them to get a dog and a cat before your birth. That helps. Don't live near roads with heavy diesel traffic. Avoid wood smoke & damp homes. Get exercise, sunshine & eat lots of fish. ...Read more

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Can cats give you asthma?

Can cats give you asthma?

Yes: Fur bearing animals like cats, dogs, etc are commonly associated as "triggers" in asthmatics. ...Read more

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How do I go about asthma?

How do I go about asthma?

Get to the root: The first thing is to be tested for your asthma. It is a simple test called spirometry. This, and your history, will permit the physician to make a proper diagnosis and recommend treatment. If you know now what things trigger an attack, either get rid of them (rugs, etc) or try to avoid contact (cats and dogs).
Remember, get tested first.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I treat my asthma?

How can I treat my asthma?

Find out what: Your "triggers" are...allergies/stress/environmental issues and find a good PULMONOLOGIST or ALLERGIST to help you design a medication program best for you! (Rescue inhalers, ongoing medications etc etc Some skin testing may be necessary! Start with your Primary Care Physician for a Referral
Hope this helps!
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How can I stop m'y asthma?

How can I stop m'y asthma?

See answer: Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke, if you are overweight, than weight loss with a good exercise program and diet is recommended. Avoid triggers that may exacerbate your symptoms. Some people with asthma may have a genetic component and will simply need inhalers and meds to help with the disease. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose asthma?

How do you diagnose asthma?

Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves after a medication to open airways (albuterol). If symptoms are suggestive (chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, typically worse at night) and criteria are met on a breathing test, then asthma can be definitively diagnosed. ...Read more