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How can I tell if my child has asthma?

How can I tell if my child has asthma?

Symptoms: The usual symptoms of asthma are recurrent episodes of cough, wheezing, chest tightness or shortness of breath that occur more frequently at night (3 am) and with exercise. A cough that lingers way beyond the usual with a common cold is also typical. Other common triggers that suggest asthma are cold air, smoke or other forms of air pollution. Children over 5 yrs old can do breathing test also. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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How can I tell if my child has asthma?

How can I tell if my child has asthma?

Recurrent sxs...: Asthma symptoms, which occur episodically, include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath. During these episodes, the patient may be hypoxic so it is important that an emergent eval by a doctor be sought and an er visit may be necessary. Call 911 if the symptoms are severe. Between episodes, most patients are normal. ...Read more

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How can the doctor tell if my child has asthma?

How can the doctor tell if my child has asthma?

History and physical: Asthma is a common disorder defined by episodic symptoms, most commonly cough and wheeze. The best way to determine if a child has asthma is a) appropriate history and physical b) a trial of asthma medications if indicated c) lung function testing in older children (usually 6 or older). I find that the vast majority of time the history is adequate to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a child has asthma?

Asthma: A good history , physical and spirometry can help to make the diagnosis. Look out for the typical symptoms of cough, wheeze, dyspnea, sputum production. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a child with asthma smoke 1 cigarette?

Please tell me, could a child with asthma smoke 1 cigarette?

Whether they have: Asthma or not, they should not smoke one cigarette. It is much more harmful to children than to adults, especially to children. Please avoid! ...Read more

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Can anybody tell what foods should not be given to my child with asthma?

Can anybody tell what foods should not be given to my child with asthma?

Allergies..:: The only foods to avoid are foods that the child is allergic to that trigger bronchospasm or anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any males have low sperm due to having asthma as a child and being on steriods such as prednisone?

Can you tell me of any males have low sperm due to having asthma as a child and being on steriods such as prednisone?

NO : This is unclear but needs to be investigated. Need to see a urologist. There are a number of reasons for low sperm count and may have to do with steroids but need to rule other things out .See a urologist. ...Read more

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How do I know if my child has asthma?

How do I know if my child has asthma?

History: History of symptoms tends to be very important in children. Cough with exertion, laughing or crying, cough with uris, wheezing, or cough at night, all can be clues to childhood asthma. A physical exam helps and then as the child gets older, specialized lung function tests can be done to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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