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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

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I quit smoking after 30yrs 3 months ago since then asthma and respiratory problems have been continuous could this be becsuse I stopped smoking?

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

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Why would pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Why would pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

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

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Can pulmonary function test tell if I have asthma or any other respiratory diseases?

Can pulmonary function test tell if I have asthma or any other respiratory diseases?

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

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What does it feel like to have major respiratory conditions such as sleep apnea, asthma, or any other respiratory conditions?

What does it feel like to have major respiratory conditions such as sleep apnea, asthma, or any other respiratory conditions?

Sleep Apnea: 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
morning headaches
restless or fitful sleep
insomnia or nighttime awakenings
going to the bathroom frequently during the night
waking up feeling out of breath. ...Read more

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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

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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

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How do I best control my asthma when I get an upper respiratory infection?

Corticosteroid: 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

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Can steady exposure to carbon monoxide cause respiratory problems like emphysema, copd, asthma?

Would never happen: Carbon monoxide has strong affinity to the hemoglobin and its diffusibility through membrane is high. Before any other condition like asthma, COPD can occur from it, a person is dead. There will be no study to prove that. ...Read more

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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

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Is possible for me to have respiratory problem and asthma even though my ECG is normal? I have frequent chest pain and dry cough.

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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Why would blood pressure, pulse and respiratory rate increased during a severe asthma attack?

Low oxygen & stress: The respiratory rate increases due to low oxygen in the blood. The increase in pulse and BP are the body's response to stress. ...Read more

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Does bad air affect respiratory function in people with diseases like asthma or pulmonary fibrosis?

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

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I have severe asthma 42% lung function. I'm coming down with a respiratory infection. Should I be hospitalized?

I have severe asthma 42% lung function. I'm coming down with a respiratory infection. Should I be hospitalized?

Sounds like it: It is urgent that you contact your physician, who knows your history best. If your symptoms are no better after you have done treatments as laid out by your pcp or pulmonoligist when having a bad asthma attack, then you need to head on to the emergency room right now! ...Read more

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Upper respiratory infection makes my asthma so bad almost breathless sometimes. What can help : (?

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

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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?

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

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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


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Respiratory (Definition)

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