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How can my asthma get worse?

How can my asthma get worse?

If off meds: Asthma can worsen when off meds, if exposed to allergens to which you are allergic, exposure to cold dry air or sometimes exercise, as well as being infected with the common cold. ...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 get tested for asthma?

How can I get tested for asthma?

Lung function test: The best lung function test is spirometry. This breathing test measures the volume of air a person can breathe out. Another newer test is a breath analysis for Nitric Oxide that measures airway inflammation. It's call feno. Ask your doctor to have these tests done if a diagnosis of asthma is suspected. ...Read more

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Can someone get asthma over time?

Can someone get asthma over time?

Yes: While most asthma tends to develop in young children, asthma can develop at any age. In adults, new onset asthma may follow a severe respiratory infection or allergen exposure at the work place. Sometimes, asthma can occur in childhood, resolve (remission), then re-occur again in adulthood. If symptoms are suggestive of asthma, no matter the age, the person should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Where do you get tested for asthma?

Where do you get tested for asthma?

Diagnosis...: The diagnosis can be made by your doctor on clinical grounds or you can be sent to a pulmonary function lab to get pfts, including bronchoprovocation testing, if needed. Your family doctor can order this testing but the test is interpreted by a pulmonary doctor. You can also be evaluated by a pulmonary doctor. ...Read more

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How should you get asthma on purpose?

How should you get asthma on purpose?

Is this a goal?: Asthma is unpleasant and can be dangerous. There is no way known to cause this condition unless you have underlying disease or susceptibility. I hope having this condition is not your intention. ...Read more

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When should you get tested for asthma?

When should you get tested for asthma?

If told by doctor: If you have breathing issues and your doctor recommends testing for asthma ...Read more

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Where to get info about asthma medications?

Where to get info about asthma medications?

Doctor: One's physician should be the first resource. Google the name of the drug and several links should come up typically the drug name .Com is the manufacturers website for the medication. ...Read more

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How does someone get diagnosed with asthma?

SOB & PFT: Symptoms of asthma would include episodic shortness of breath. Sometimes your shortness of breath ("SOB" I wasn't being insulting) is triggered by an allergen or inhaled toxin or irritant. The test of choice to ask for would be a pulmonary function test with a methacholine challenge, which would help document the reversibility that is a hallmark of asthma. ...Read more

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I think I have asthma. How do I get tested?

I think I have asthma. How do I get tested?

Allergist: To determine if you have asthma it would be best to see an allergist. While pulmonary function testing can help in making the diagnosis, many patients with asthma actually have normal pft's. The diagnosis is often make based on the history and the patient's response to treatment. Skin testing may also help in finding the triggers for the symptoms of coughing and/or wheezing. ...Read more