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How could I know if my trouble breathing is asthma or just allergies?

How could I know if my trouble breathing is asthma or just allergies?

See a doctor: Spirometry can demonstrate obstructive lung disease that is reversable. This will rule in or out asthma for you. ...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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I have trouble breathing, but not asthma or allergies?

I have trouble breathing, but not asthma or allergies?

Many causes: There are many possible causes of shortness of breath, e.g. Lung disease, heart disease, anemia, etc. You should be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Yesterday night and tonight having trouble breathing. I don't have asthma. Do you think allergies or gas?

Yesterday night and tonight  having trouble breathing. I don't have asthma. Do you think allergies or gas?

Allergies: Allergic rhinitis is characterized by paroxysms of sneezing, rhinorrhea, nasal obstruction, postnasal drainage, and itching of the eyes, nose, and palate. The pollen count in San Leandro, CA during the last few days has been moderate. https://weather.com/maps/health/allergies/treepollen https://www.pollen.com/forecast/current/pollen/94577 ...Read more

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How would someone be tested for asthma? I was around a cat (allergy) had difficulty breathing . Thought it was a cold...

How would someone be tested for asthma?   I was around a cat (allergy) had difficulty breathing . Thought it was a cold...

Allergy testing: Can be done with skin or blood testing. It sounds like you did your own testing as exposure symptoms are highly suggestive. Consider an antihistamine around the cat or avoid the cat. All the best. ...Read more

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Coconut allergy (IgE blood test +).Had trouble breathing after using shampoo & body wash. Is this just random asthma symptom or could it be allergy?

If you used a: product with coconut oil in it, that could be an allergy. There also could be a reaction to tree nuts in someone with a coconut allergy. So look at the ingredients of the products you are using carefully. If you're not sure about something, you can ask your allergist/primary care doctor. ...Read more

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If I am on 2 inhalers, a neb, prednisone and an allergy med and I still have trouble breathing, what can I do to relieve my asthma?

If I am on 2 inhalers, a neb, prednisone and an allergy med and I still have trouble breathing, what can I do to relieve my asthma?

See a specialist: My first comment is that i hope you are not smoking. Sounds like you need to see a lung specialist if you are not already seeing one and perhaps the emergency room if you are struggling at all to breath. ...Read more

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My 8 years old daughter has been complaining of right side nostril pain. She has been having trouble breathing from that side and headaches for 2 weeks. I can see a big swollen red bump in her right nostril. She doesn't have asthma, allergies or cold. Wha

My 8 years old daughter has been complaining of right side nostril pain. She has been having trouble breathing from that side and headaches for 2 weeks. I can see a big swollen red bump in her right nostril. She doesn't have asthma, allergies or cold. Wha

She might have..: ..A cyst or infection in her nose, but with the complaints of headache for two weeks i'm concerned that there is a sinus infection. Anything painful like that, going on for weeks, needs to be seen and diagnosed by her doctor asap. ...Read more

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Allergies from something is causing my sinuses to produce mucus which runs down my throat and irritates my asthma. I'm having trouble breathing.

Allergies from something is causing my sinuses to produce mucus which runs down my throat and irritates my asthma. I'm having trouble breathing.

Asthma: You might want to use a cool mist vaporizer to loosen up your mucus. Your dr. Can advise you relative to adding medication to deal with the allergy or irritation causing the post nasal drip. If the asthma is worse additional medication may be necessary. ...Read more

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My 12 year old daughter is having trouble breathing, could it be asthma?

My 12 year old daughter is having trouble breathing, could it be asthma?

Doctor: Yes, but also infection or anxiety can be present and causing the problem.See her doctor. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more