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How does asthma affect my lungs?

How does asthma affect my lungs?

It narrows the...: ...Airways by the process of inflammation in the airway walls and so increases their resistance to air movement. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I have asthma and am going to be donating my organs. Would whoever got my lungs have asthma, even if they didn't before?

I have asthma and am going to be donating my organs. Would whoever got my lungs have asthma, even if they didn't before?

Probably: If you have had asthma for a long time and there is enough long standing inflammation that has not been treated adequately, the airways become harder with time and some damage is not reversible. Whoever is breathing through these lungs will have a hard time. ...Read more

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Training your lungs to exhale fully. Is this possible if you have asthma? I can't seem to expel air all the way out of my lungs. What is the cause?

Training your lungs to exhale fully. Is this possible if you have asthma? I can't seem to expel air all the way out of my lungs. What is the cause?

Treat the asthma: Your symptoms will improve once you control your asthma with proper medications. Inflammation in your airways from asthma cause them to narrow and prevent you from breathing properly. You will be able to exhale better once you are controlled. Consult with an allergist or pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Are a 17 year olds lungs damaged if they were filled with fluid for 4 months left untreated. We didn't know she had asthma until a dr visit?

Are a 17 year olds lungs damaged if they were filled with fluid for 4 months left untreated. We didn't know she had asthma until a dr visit?

Filled with fluid?: asthma is an inflammatory issue - but if she has never been told asthmatic unusual to diagnose at one visit. Why do you think they were filled with fluid for 4 mo? Cough alone can be from reflux, post-nasal drip, virus, allergies, pneumonia, cardiac reasons - and asthma - and many other reasons. So why the question about fluid for 4 mo? Did someone say she had fluid? ...Read more

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My lungs feel cold, I don't feel cold but my lungs/chest feesl cold. The past few days it's a more constant feeling. Is this part of the asthma?

My lungs feel cold, I don't feel cold but my lungs/chest feesl cold. The past few days it's a more constant feeling. Is this part of the asthma?

Asthma: asthma is a diagnosis over time, where someone has multiple episodes of asthma like symptoms. If you have problems with breathing go get it checked out with a healthcare worker. ...Read more

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Do I have asthma? Through my entire life I have had these pains in what i thought were my lungs. It didn't happen all the time, or at all often. Maybe a handful of times in a year, when i would take a deep breath i get a sharp pain, usually in the right s

Not necessarily : Your symptoms do not fit into the expected mold of asthma. However, to make sure, you should get tested. Talk to your physician and give a good history of your symptoms, your family history of asthma (if any) and when, where and why you get your symptoms. A simple spirometry test will also be in order to rule out any other possibilities. Get tested as soon as you can. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is exercising good for the lungs with asthma or bad?

Is exercising good for the lungs with asthma or bad?

Yes: Exercise is always good, but needs to be approached in a gradual fashion. Firstly, the asthma must be well-controlled. For some this may mean the use of a rescue inhaler (albuterol) 30min before exercising, while for others it may mean taking a controller inhaler on a daily basis. Then the exercise needs to be increased as tolerated for endurance. Up to 10% of olympic athletes have asthma! ...Read more

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Tickle in lungs and keep coughing, do I have asthma?

Tickle in lungs and keep coughing, do I have asthma?

Maybe: Symtoms could be symptom of a variety of etiologies- asthma, allergies, post nasal drip, medicne related or potentially more serious etiologies- need to see physician, a complete physical exam, see if a chest xray needed. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your lungs are damaged from asthma?

What exactly does it mean when your lungs are damaged from asthma?

Inflammation: 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. Some people will require multiple medications to control their asthma, while others will need only one. It's severity can also vary throughout one's life. ...Read more

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How does asthma affect child's development in areas outside the lungs?

How does asthma affect child's development in areas outside the lungs?

Possibilities: There's an increased chance of feeding problems and ge reflux, especially in very young children. Understandably, some children have anxiety about the attacks. Some have attacks when anxious. Family functioning can be impacted. Therapy for child and family may be needed. If attacks/absences are :frequent, "section 504" accomodations at school can help the child keep up with work. ...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