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How Do You Tell The Difference Between Asthma And Being Out Of Shape
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
How can you tell the difference between Asthma and Mitral Repair Annuloplasty Ring 2 yrs on causing wheezing on exhaling Air at night when lying down?
How can you tell the difference between an asthma cough and a cough due to environment like mold or dust?
Color: Color could be one criteria that you could use. In asthma it would likely be clear or white in color. But in a cold, especially if there is bacterial involvement than phlegm could be green/yellow in color. If you are having difficulties breathing than see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
If you're an asthmatic, how do you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?
Not easy: It can certainly result in a feeling of panic if you cannot breathe because of an asthma attack. So it is important to have a doctor examine you during an attack. By the exam or by testing it can be determined which came first. For instance, with asthma the doctor would probably hear wheezing during your attack. The oxygen level in your blood might be low. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you're an asthmatic, how can you tell the difference between an asthma attack and a panic attack?
How do you tell the difference between cystic fibrosis symptoms and asthma symptoms in a toddler?
CF vs asthma: There is some overlap. Kids with CF often have other symptoms besides their respiratory ones, like oily stool, failure to gain weight, diarrhea. They can also get frequent bacterial lung infections that children with asthma do not often get. They also tend to produce phlegm that is thicker, white/green and looks more like pus, than the white/clear phlegm that children with asthma produce. ...Read more
You will know: And asthma there's a feeling of tightness in the chest with wheezing and inability to get air. The symptoms are limited to that plus some anxiety that will surround that feeling. With a panic attack, the feeling of anxiety is so intense that it is impossible to mistake it for anything else other than perhaps a heart attack. The feeling comes on suddenly and can last anywhere from minutes to hours and can include virtually every organ system in the body. It is not something that is limited to the respiratory system. I hope that explainsthe difference for you. If you have any further questions I would look at the symptoms of panic disorder as found on wikipedia. Com. Type in panic disorder and will find a nice article that explains thisvery well. Best wishes. ...Read more
How does one tell the difference between an asthma attack and anaphylaxis when not showing cutaneous symptoms?
Pass out: Anaphylaxis means that within a few minutes after exposure to a specific allergen the person has a sudden drop of blood pressure resulting in dropping to the floor. Usually it is accompanied by flushing, hives, and often by tight breathing. Asthma is tight breathing, usually with wheezing. They both respond to injection epinephrine but asthma is better managed by other means. ...Read more
Fastwalk1.3 mile/18minutes (4.0mph), two slopes and 3 flights of stairs. HR160 at the end and recover3min. I am out of shape/asthmatic. That's normal?
Same cause sometimes:
Though asthma is often triggered by allergies, smoke, pollution, etc., emotions can also trigger an attack. This can also include laughing or crying hard, and yes an anxiety attack may trigger an asthma attack.
Talk it over with your physician and/or mental health counselor.
Good luck. ...Read more
In an asthma attack.: ...There is actually a difficulty in moving air in and out of the lungs. Someone who is out of breath simply takes many normal deep breaths. ...Read more
What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.
A lot of information:
acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around, and becomes normal again.
end stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working, to the point it required dialysis, and there is no hope of turning around, beside dialysis, patient might need a kidney transplant.
not everybody on life support required induced coma, unless the problem in brain. ...Read more
May feel similar: During an asthma attack there is narrowing of small airways leading to cough, wheezing, chest tightness and/or short of breath. This can lead to a person feeling very anxious (can't breathe). Similarly, anxiety can trigger an asthma attack. Anxiety/panic attack is usually associated with hyperventilation. Vocal cord dysfunction can lead to difficulty on inspiration and be confused with both. ...Read more
Can you tell me what is the difference between breathing problems caused by a panic attack and asthma?
Recently diagnosed with asthma not sure if had several mild forms of attacks how can you tell the difference as it's all new and not had any guidance?
Spectrum condition: For some Asthma is so mild they have few symptoms other than a nagging cough when the weather changes (cough variant). For some, they end up in the ICU by their 4th birthday and struggle to find a balance of meds to give them a tolerable life. You need to educate yourself and find a good doc to work with. Most can gain great control and it all fade into the background while you have a good life. ...Read more
Asthma vs bronchitis: Asthma is a chronic disease that is the result of inflammation in the airways of the lungs. It can be worsened by a number of triggers, and the disease is managed with medications that control the inflammation and open the airways. Bronchitis is another disease of airway inflammation, but it is usually short-lived and the result of a virus. It can also be chronic due to smoking - aka copd. ...Read more
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