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How exactly does asthma affect the body?

How exactly does asthma affect the body?

Effects...: Asthma consists of bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways. Typical signs and symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, etc. Asthma patients have exacerbations of disease and between episodes, many patients don't have any symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. ...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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What happens to the body when you have asthma?

What happens to the body when you have asthma?

Breathing problems: The main issue is breathing problems. Your airways get narrower, they get inflamed and they also fill with mucus. These changes lead to shortness of breath, cough, etc. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the effects of a salamol asthma pump on the body?

Can you please describe the effects of a salamol asthma pump on the body?

Salamol: This is a short acting medication that provides quick relief from bronchospasm associated with asthma and dilates the airways. Side effects are trembling, palpitations and tremors and sometimes agitation and insomnia is taken late at night. ...Read more

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I started to have an asthma attack and my whole body was twitchy like ants where all over any clue what happened?

I started to have an asthma attack and my whole body was twitchy like ants where all over any clue what happened?

Allergy reaction?: Perhaps your asthma attack could have been caused by an allergy to something. If you are having an all-over allergy reaction, perhaps that could give you the ants-all-over feeling. Absolutely take your inhaler and antihistamine (like zyrtec (cetirizine) or allegra), and if you get worse (like with constricted breathing worsening), then go to the er to make sure this is not an anaphylactic reaction! ...Read more

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I got asthma when i am 10 years old maybe..Now im 19..How can i completely remove the asthma?Can i remove asthma completely from my body?

I got asthma when i am 10 years old maybe..Now im 19..How can i completely remove the asthma?Can i remove asthma completely from my body?

On-going Care Needed: Asthma is a complex, chronic, genetically based lung disorder; causes inflammation & spasm of airways leading to recurrent cough, wheeze, shortness of breath & more. Commonly occurs as genetic triad including Allergies & Eczema. Cannot be "removed" however is manageable with on-going medical care: medications, avoidance of triggers, preventative care (eg. flu shot yearly) & more. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Does asthma affect my body weight? Or is it impossible for asthma patients to gain weight? If possible, what would be a recommended diet for us?

Does asthma affect my body weight? Or is it impossible for asthma patients  to gain weight? If possible, what  would be a recommended diet for us?

Yes: It can. Poorly controlled asthma can lead to weight loss and poor health in general. Patients with asthma do well with regular diet, but proper management of their asthma is also very important. ...Read more

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My wife feel pain all over her body after using pernisolone tablets for 7 days to treat asthma together with erythroped (7days) it's this normal?

The flu?: Muscle aches tend to occur when Prednisone or Prednisolone (steroids) are stopped too abruptly. I doubt that the aches and pains were due to the antibiotic or the antibiotic in combination with the steroid pill. It is possible that your wife had the flu that caused the aches and the medicines were not the cause of these symptoms. ...Read more

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I've always had an annoying cough.I was diagnosed w/ asthma 2 years ago but I breathe hard and sometimes twist my body to get air, how can I control it?

I've always had an annoying cough.I was diagnosed w/ asthma 2 years ago but I breathe hard and sometimes twist my body to get air, how can I control it?

Talk with your doc: As soon as you can. Asthma can start as an annoying cough but can get worse so that it's hard for you to breathe. Different inhalers and pills can help heal your airways and prevent asthma. Also, you & your doc can figure out other causes of shortness of breath. Think about your surroundings [dust, animals, smoke, fumes, mildew/mold]. Any new triggers during the last 2 years? Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Could allergies/asthma cause body aches?

Could allergies/asthma cause body aches?

Yes: Allergies and asthma can cause you to cough violently, sneeze frequently or use your chest muscles to try to breathe more deeply. Any of these can cause aches, strains, etc. ...Read more