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How Does Asthma Affect The Respiratory System
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
I have never had any respiratory issues before (also not as a child). is it possible for me to just suddenly develop asthma?
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.
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Allergist: A board certified allergist - for a list in your area see www. Aaaai. Org and click on find an allergist. ...Read more
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.
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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
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?
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
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
My 4yo (ex33wk, asthma, dysphagia, laryn/tracheomalacia) gets a painfully distended belly many days, worse w ill. Could this be respiratory? What poss?
See doctor: It can be several dangerous issues. I recommend following up with the doctor immediately to evaluate in person. ...Read more
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
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
I quit smoking after 30yrs 3 months ago since then asthma and respiratory problems have been continuous could this be becsuse I stopped smoking?
Quitting smoking: Is the single most important thing that you can do for your health. Your symptoms are common initially when stopping smoking. It will improve soon. Ask your doctor about breathing exercises. Congratulations! ...Read more
Low oxygen...: During an asthma exacerbation the body is trying to get enough oxygen via the blood to all critical organs. So, by increasing the respiratory rate, more oxygen can enter the body via the lungs. By increasing the heart rate, more blood can be circulated so more oxygen can be delivered. Both are compensation mechanisms the body uses to insure adequate oxygen delivery. ...Read more
Piece of Puzzle...: A pulmonary function test alone cannot tell a doctor if you have asthma. This test can be very useful but is used in conjunction with other important information including a detailed past medical history and physical exam. Both subjective and objective measures are used to determine if you have asthma or any other respiratory disease. ...Read more
What does it feel like to have major respiratory conditions such as sleep apnea, asthma, or any other respiratory conditions?
Some symptoms of sleep apnea include:
loud and chronic snoring
choking, snorting, or gasping during sleep
long pauses in breathing
daytime sleepiness, no matter how much time you spend in bed
waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat
restless or fitful sleep
insomnia or nighttime awakenings
going to the bathroom frequently during the night
waking up feeling out of breath. ...Read more
My son is 4 and weighs 34lbs he has an upper n lower respiratory infection he also has asthma oxygen level is 91 is that normal?
SeekEvaluationToday!: The oxygen saturation of 91% is lower than we like to see generally speaking. Given his history of asthma in addition to his current respiratory infection he really needs to be evaluated either in the pediatrician's office today (or the ED if unable to get appointment). It may be that you just need to increase the frequency of his asthma meds, but only after a thorough evaluation. ...Read more
I've being sent to a pulmonologist due to uncontrolled asthma and returning upper respiratory infections and asthmatic bronchitis. What should I expect?
To get better!: A typical visit to the pulmonologist should start with a thorough history of your respiratory symptoms. Next would be an examination, paying particular attention to the lungs and your breathing. That would likely be followed by pulmonary function (or breathing) testing to evaluate the lungs better. They may also want to get a chest x-ray. This will all help to determine what is the best therapy. ...Read more
This is somewhat controversial but:
Start taking or increase your inhaled corticosteroid to a high dose AT THE FIRST SIGN of a cold before it gets to the chest is your best chance of mitigating an attack. If you wait it may be too late. ...Read more
I have a "pulmonary function test" and "execise induced asthma test" can they tell if I have respiratory acidosis?
My husband has asthma and has had an untreated upper respiratory infection for awhile. What could happen if it stays untreated?
URI: Depending upon the type of infection and the tissues involved it definitely has the potential to make asthmatics symptomatic or if symptomatic, worse. If your husband's wheezing increases, see a doctor asap. Treatment of the infection may or may not be appropriate depending upon the type of infection and its cause. Sounds as if it may be viral, in which case antibiotics are worthless. ...Read more
Is possible for me to have respiratory problem and asthma even though my ECG is normal? I have frequent chest pain and dry cough.
Ecg: Yes the ECG is a test to assess cardiac disease only rarely will advanced lung disease manifest itself on an ecg. ...Read more
Respiratory alkalosis - I've been dizzy, lightheaded, and unable to exhale fully for weeks and its gotten worse. Have you ever heard this from asthma?
Yes but...: Respiratory alkalosis is due to hyperventilation. Dizziness and lightness occur during hyperventilation. Asthma can cause respiratory alkalosis but only if there is a bad attack usually associated with other significant signs of severe asthma. Outpatient asthma should not cause respiratory alkalosis and dizziness. Anxiety could cause those things. ...Read more
My baby was born with a respiratory problem stay in nicu for 2 week she's now on albuterol do that mean she has asthma she was 5/13 when born but lost?
Not necesarily: Albuterol is a med commonly used with asthma, but also many other transitional problems that will eventually go away. Probably 75% of the wheezing issues of small infants disappear by the age 5, although they may recur. Many lower respiratory viruses and other issues trigger wheezing in infants. Your kid may or may not grow out of this. A strong family history is often seen with true asthma. ...Read more
Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?
Yes: People with chronic respiratory diseases should avoid heavily polluted air. Air quality alerts are issued for areas when there is a high concentration of pollution. These are usually reported on the local weather reports. In some instances, poor air quality can even cause chronic lung disease. For more information on this, go to the american lung association website. ...Read more
I have severe asthma 42% lung function. I'm coming down with a respiratory infection. Should I be hospitalized?
Upper respiratory infection makes my asthma so bad almost breathless sometimes. What can help : (?
Asthma exacerbation: With upper respiratory tract infection, is common in people with asthma, after control of acute symptoms you need to be evaluated for your type of asthma, what triggers your symptoms, and other contributing problems if present, as sinusitis, and you need an asthma action plan, you need to see an allergist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, wish you wellness ...Read more
Night sweats middle of night started when on prednisone for respiratory infection with asthma. Been off prednisone for 8 days. Still having them?
Dec12 told I have asthma. Evry month since nov12 I've had a respiratory infection. Allergies? Or something more serious? Should I get a chest xray?
Not necessarily: Can you link your attacks to your menstrual cycle? This is sometimes the case. Possibly there is some other thing that you do every month around the same time (go to a particular place, work assignment, etc. Sounds like there is a specific "tirgger" that is causing this problem. Think it out and talk it over with your physician. ...Read more
We would like to know what respiratory disorder these symptoms point to……… do they point to asthma? Wheezing, coughing, especially at night, shortness of breath, pressure/pain in the chest, general tired feeling, restlessness
The: The simple answer is yes. See your physician to make sure that it is not something else. ...Read more
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