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How do I know if my child is suffereing from bronchitis or asthma?

How do I know if my child is suffereing from bronchitis or asthma?

More on asthma: Wheezing that is caused by airway constriction can usually be improved by the use of a "rescue" medications such as albuterol. Sometimes albuterol is used for both bronchiolitis and asthma. Asthma causes wheezing when a person expires (blows out), wheezing that occurs with inspiration only may suggest upper airway swelling from viral croup or acid reflux problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis or asthma: how do you know which one your young child is suffering from?

Bronchitis or asthma:  how do you know which one your young child is suffering from?

Bronchitis = asthma: Adults who smoked develop chronic bronchitis. In children acute bronchitis is usually coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing with a viral respiratory infection (vri). In this case the lungs are over reacting to the irritation of the vri and over reactive/hper-reactive airways is the hallmark of asthma. Children who repeatedly get "bronchitis" probably have a mild form of asthma. ...Read more

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Bronchitis or asthma: how do you know which one your young child is suffering from?

Bronchitis = asthma: Adults who smoked develop chronic bronchitis. In children acute bronchitis is usually coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing with a viral respiratory infection (vri). In this case the lungs are over reacting to the irritation of the vri and over reactive/hper-reactive airways is the hallmark of asthma. Children who repeatedly get "bronchitis" probably have a mild form of asthma. ...Read more

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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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How do you know if a 3 months old son is suffering from asthma ?

How do you know if a 3 months old son is suffering from asthma ?

Consider other cause: 3 months of age is very young for asthma. Usually parents think this because baby is coughing or has noisy breathing. At 3 months the usual causes are bronchiolitis or gastroesophageal reflux. Less commonly there may be a congenital problem like laryngotracheomalacia, a vascular ring, or a cyst in a large airway. Clearly your infant may need to be seen by a pediatric allergist or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Doctor visit: Respiratory infections usually involve fever, cough, sinus drainage etc...Asthma is a more chronic condition characterized primarily by wheezing that improves with an inhaler. Your doctor can help sort that out. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a vocal cord disorder or asthma?

How can I know if I have a vocal cord disorder or asthma?

Doctor test: A respiratory doctor can likely figure this out based on a good history form you and a breathing test. Please consult one soon. ...Read more

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What can I do if my son has asthma, can he get a fever by having asthma?

What can I do if my son has asthma, can he get a fever by having asthma?

No: Just having asthma usually does not cause fever. But children with asthma can develop upper and lower respiratory tract infections (viral or bacterial) that can cause fever. Fever is a symptom and has numerous causes that are not just limited to the respiratory tract alone. Please talk to your child's doctor. ...Read more

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I'm worried because my friend has asthma. How can I help them, what do you suggest?

I'm worried because my friend has asthma. How can I help them, what do you suggest?

See asthma doctor: An allergist or pulmonologist is specifically trained to diagnose and treat asthma. Asthma can be frightening. However, most people with asthma who think there asthma is controlled are actually not in control. Lung function tests can assist in helping plot out a plan that will control asthma as many patients underestimate their asthma. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

How do I know if I have a cold or flu? How can I tell if i got the common cold, influenze or pneumonia?

A cold is: Usually an upper tract issue, ie clear nasal discharge and congestion. Flu is associated with more systemic symptoms including fevers and muscle aches. Pneumonia by definition involves infection of the lung itself and can be confirmed by physical exam and chest xray. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. can I catch bronchitis from her?

What do you suggest if my little sister has bronchitis, and my throat is starting to hurt bad. can I catch bronchitis from her?

Sore throat: Clearly you are using someone else's account and you are likely a very young minor since you don't reveal your age or any other medical history. If you suspect you may have contracted an infection, please talk to your parents and may need to be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my job is causing occupational asthma?

How can I tell if my job is causing occupational asthma?

Difficult diagnosis.: If you have bronchospasm which gets better on days off and increases while at work, you may have occupational asthma. But, it is quite difficult to prove. Peak flows which consistently drop while at work but improves when off is another indicator. Sometimes, it takes a week vacation to see that it does indeed improve when off work since you can have late-phase reaction to a work allergen. ...Read more

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How do I know if its a cold, pneumonia or bronchitis?

How do I know if its a cold, pneumonia or bronchitis?

Difficult...: It is difficult to know which of these you have based on symptoms alone. A typical cold has less severe symptoms compared to the other two; less severe cough, usually no fever, more nasal congestion. Bronchitis has a more severe cough than a cold but the other symptoms may be the same. Pneumonia has symptoms very similar to bronchitis, although it may be a but more severe. Tests may be needed. ...Read more

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I think i may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

I think i may have chronic bronchitis. I developed a cough last year and it is back this fall. I do not smoke. What is the proper adult dosage?

Don't think so: Chronic bronchitis is when you cough constantly and produce sputum. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001153/ if you had an episode last year and now again, that's 2 episodes of acute bronchitis. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

Inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes (the tubes that carry air to ...Read more