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What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

Breathing: Asthma causes inflammation and spasm of the small to medium-sized air tubes. This will affect breathing and lead to symptoms such as: shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, & chest tightness. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Asthma might lead to some problems. How does the respiratory system work with scuba diving?

Asthma might lead to some problems. How does the respiratory system work with scuba diving?

Asthma will be prob.: The diving medical community is divided on the question of asthmatics diving. The uk, which has the most permissive guidelines, allows people with well-controlled asthma, who meet several additional criteria, to dive under certain circumstances. In australia, it is essentially forbidden for asthmatics to dive. You should consult a diving medicine specialist in your area for specific details. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why asthma is an obstructive respiratory defect?

Can you please explain why asthma is an obstructive respiratory defect?

Obstruction: Asthma is considered an obstructive lung disease because the main problem that it causes is getting air out of the lungs. ...Read more

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I have never had any respiratory issues before (also not as a child). is it possible for me to just suddenly develop asthma?

I have never had any respiratory issues before (also not as a child). is it possible for me to just suddenly develop asthma?

Yes: You can develop asthma at any age. See your doctor to make sure that that is the problem, rather than something else such as pneumonia or COPD. ...Read more

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Respiratory infection or asthma, what's the difference?

Respiratory infection or asthma, what's the difference?

Big differences: A respiratory infection is an acute, infection that generally improves with antibiotic therapy. Asthma is a chronic condition. Attacks are usual brought on by "triggers" like animal dander, dust mites, cold air, etc. If you suspect asthma, get checked by your physician and treated if needed.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Is asthma a respiratory disease?

Yes: Asthma is hyperactive airways, or reactive airways, which causes constriction and inflammation in the airways from a certain trigger, such as an allergen or infection, etc. ...Read more

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How might the respiratory volumes on the spirogram be affected by asthma?

How might the respiratory volumes on the spirogram be affected by asthma?

FEV1 decrease: The primary marker is a decrease in the FEV1. This typically reverses by at least 12% following administration of albuterol (a bronchodilator). ...Read more

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Which kind of doctor should I see for asthma/respiratory issues?

Which kind of doctor should I see for asthma/respiratory issues?

Allergist: A board certified allergist - for a list in your area see www. Aaaai. Org and click on find an allergist. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

How to know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or is it nothing?

Get tested: Testing for asthma is a very simple process. It is mostly dependent on your oral history of attacks, when where and why. Respiratory infections can also be diagnosed through routine tests. If you think you are having symptoms of either, please get checked by your physician.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Are scented candles safe, or can the fumes interfere with respiratory health, allergies/asthma?

Are scented candles safe, or can the fumes interfere with respiratory health, allergies/asthma?

Do without: The scent comes from essential oils which are evaporating all the time even when the candle is not burning. They are well known to trigger asthma symptoms and asthma attacks. ...Read more

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What happens to your respiratory rate during an asthma attack?

What happens to your respiratory rate during an asthma attack?

Increases: Early in an asthma attack, the respiratory rate typically increases. However, if the asthma is not treated effectively and the person begins to develop respiratory failure, breathing may become very shallow and even stop. ...Read more

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Can having broken ribs lead to respiratory failure from asthma?

Can having broken ribs lead to respiratory failure from asthma?

Indirectly...: Fractured rib can lead to shallow breathing due to pain which can lead to retained secretions. The retained secretions can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. The bronchitis or pneumonia can lead to an asthma exacerbation that can result in respiratory failure. This would be a relatively rare but theoretically possible sequence of events prevented by deep breathing and secretion clearance. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a respiratory infection or asthma or something else?

Doctor visit: Respiratory infections usually involve fever, cough, sinus drainage etc...Asthma is a more chronic condition characterized primarily by wheezing that improves with an inhaler. Your doctor can help sort that out. ...Read more

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Is asthma an example of upper respiratory infection?

No.: Asthma is a disease of the lower respiratory tract - the bronchi. It is also, usually, not an infection, but can be triggered by one. ...Read more

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Matt is 18 mnth's, he's had 3 respiratory arrests and 3 admissions to hospital for respiratory distress. My doctor tells me it's asthma do you agree?

Matt is 18 mnth's, he's had 3 respiratory arrests and 3 admissions to hospital for respiratory distress. My doctor tells me it's asthma do you agree?

Impossible to answer: Without more specific information and the ability to examine the child no answer is possible. Get another opinion. Has the child been evaluated by a pediatric pulmonologist? ...Read more

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Is it founded that those with respiratory disorders such as asthma are more susceptible to uri's and pneumonia?

Yes: It's very likely to be the case. The increased inflammation and irritation make you much more vulnerable to contracting viruses and bacterial infection than a person w/o the disease. Also, some of the medications you might take could lower resistance. Work w/ your doctor to find ways to strengthen or normalize your immune system. It's not easy - but diet/exercise/stress reduction can help. Best! ...Read more

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Had a spiro test at my dive medical, FEV1/FVC 69. Needs to be >75%. Seeing a respiratory specialist. No asthma or smoking. 29yr female. Any thoughts?

Had a spiro test at my dive medical, FEV1/FVC 69. Needs to be >75%. Seeing a respiratory specialist. No asthma or smoking. 29yr female. Any thoughts?

Mgt/workup: This may indicate airflow obstruction, but it would be helpful to actually view the test results by setting up an online consultation. You can also enter your medical history during the virtual appointment. ...Read more

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I don't have asthma and recently had an upper respiratory infection. How can I get rid of it?

I don't have asthma and recently had an upper respiratory infection. How can I get rid of it?

Sinus infection: Most viral respiratory infections will resolve spontaneously after 7=10 days. Persistent cold like symptoms is suggestive of sinus infection. Frequently with sinus infections there is associated cough. Sinusitis will sometimes also resolve spontaneously or respond to antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Bronchospasm: Bronchospasm is possible at any time and for any reason. However, not all wheezing equates to bronchospasm. There are multiple reasons to produce the familiar whistling sound- chest auscultation is a must. Having said that, undiagnosed underlying reactive airway disease is certainly possible especially in your age group. Would suggest specialty evaluation after you see your primary doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Shari Jackson
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more