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How do you tell the difference between asthma and being out of shape?

How do you tell the difference between asthma and being out of shape?

Pulmonary functions: Pulmonary function testing while symptomatic can usually be used to confirm the presence of asthma. ...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 do you tell the difference of being out of shape, and having exercise-induced asthma?

See below: If you are out of shape, i would think that you would start having breathing problems within minutes but true asthma takes about 15-20 montes or longer to show itself after exercise starts. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to tell the difference of being out of shape, and having exercise induced asthma?

Can you tell me how to tell the difference of being out of shape, and having exercise induced asthma?

Can be challenge: Distinguishing between deconditioning and exercise asthma can be a challenge. An exercise challenge may be helpful but unless they are done under the same conditions as when symptoms occur it may be normal. Checking peak flow data pre and post exercise may be helpful. A therapeutic trial of albuterol may be an option. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have asthma because I am out of shape?

How can I tell if I have asthma because I am out of shape?

No: Asthma can affect just about anyone. If you are obese, your asthma may be more difficult to control, but obesity does not cause asthma. Occassionally obese patients are misdiagnosed as having asthma when they do not, and the diagnosis should usually be confirmed with a special breathing test called a methacholine challenge test. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have asthma or if i'm just really out of shape?

How can I tell if I have asthma or if i'm just really out of shape?

See your physician: This can be a very complex problem to understand. Being out of shape can be one reason but lund disease ( not just asthma) and / or heart disease could be the culprit. Some metabolic disease like thyroid problem can also make you short of breath. This is a problem that really needs to be discussed with with you pcp or allergist. ...Read more

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Exercise induced asthma or just out of shape/ how to tell?

Exercise induced asthma or just out of shape/ how to tell?

Pulmonary functions: Either being out of shape or asthma can make you feel short of breath when you exercise. An allergist or pulmonologist can have you do a lung function test before and after exercise to see if you are having exercise-induced bronchospasm. Your doctor can give you an asthma inhaler, and you can take it before or after exercise. If it helps, you probably have some asthma. ...Read more

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Symptoms of exercise induced asthma are like being out of shape?

Symptoms of exercise induced asthma are like being out of shape?

Sometimes...: Sometimes, the shortness of breath with exercise can be similar with deconditioning as well as asthma. However, with pulmonary function testing, your doctor can often distinguish the two. If not, see a pulmonologist since there is more advanced testing available that can definitely tell the difference. ...Read more

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Do I have asthma or am I just out of shape, if I can't climb up stairs without breathing very hard?

Do I have asthma or am I just out of shape, if I can't climb up stairs without breathing very hard?

How long?: If exertion triggers asthma, the difficulty breathing will last for 15-30 minutes or more. If it goes away after resting for just one or two minutes, the most likely causes are being out of shape, or some problem with the heart. If you have any type of pain with the shortness of breath, or if it doesn't go away despite an exercise program, you should see your physician. ...Read more

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Out of breath when walk up stairs or exercise. Spiro fef 38% and fev 59%. . Is qvar the best med for this. Adult onset asthma. Out of shape. Age 57.

Management plans: From your description, your asthma or lung problems are not under control as yet. Developing an asthma plan, taking the asthma control test and bringing this with you to your next visit, along with spirometry will help your physician determine the best treatment. Knowing what triggers your asthma and avoiding environmental factors that trigger the symptoms is an important part of the management. ...Read more

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Why does my throat and chest feel like obstructed when i run. And no i'm not out of shape or have asthma?

Long answer: This would require a longer history, physical, and potentially testing like chest xray, pulmonary function tests, and maybe heart testing. The most common cause is being out of shape. Less likely are asthma, gerd, allergies, or heart problems. Please see your local doctor this week. ...Read more