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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
Were you tested?: If you have been tested a course of treatment should have been prescribed. Depending on the severity of your asthma, various treatments may be started. Mild infrequent attacks may be treated with a rescue inhaler whereas more frequent severe attacks may require a controller inhaler to be added. The best course must be determined by you and your physician. Good Luck ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Time for a visit: To start write down all the symptoms you have that lead you to this question. Also record any information on family history, things that bring out symptoms, etc.Take this list to your doc and seek an evaluation.After this is reviewed and possible testing, this may be confirmed, excluded or neither. Not all that produces wheezing or cough is asthma. ...Read more
Very possible: A problem with correctly diagnosing this condition 100 -200-300 years ago was the technology available at the time. In addition, if we rad the history books on medicine, asthma as we know it today may have been called something else. Like tuberculosis and consumption. Asthma is not a result of industrialization though this certainly did not help. ...Read more
Many symptoms: Asthma is a narrowing of the small airways called bronchioles, due to allergen, viral infection, exercise, temperature changes, etc. Usually starts with dry cough, which becomes frequent and repetitive followed by wheezing, shortness of breath and then increased work of breathing. These symptoms often worsen until treated. Sometimes they occur rapidly within a few minutes or can take few days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Testing, discussion: Sometimes asthma is easy to spot. You start wheezing and having trouble breathing with exercise or viral illnesses. Or a chronic nighttime cough. However, if you aren't sure, such as a little tight cough after notable exercise, or if you're in the heat a lot, etc, then a visit to your doc can help. Sometimes pulmonary function testing (blowing into a special tube) can show if airflow is normal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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