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How does hyperactive airway disease affect your breathing especially your exhale? What is the best way to strengthen your exhale without albuterol?

How does hyperactive airway disease affect your breathing especially your exhale? What is the best way to strengthen your exhale without albuterol?

Airway tightness: Hyperactive airway disease or asthma is airway narrowing. You can breathe in but it is hard to get air out. For acute symptoms albuterol is best. Use it as needed. If using more than a few times a day it is time to add another med to the albuterol. ...Read more

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Why is my exhalation only affected by asthma/hyperactive airway disease but not my inhalation? How do I fix my exhalation so I can breathe better?

Why is my exhalation only affected by asthma/hyperactive airway disease but not my inhalation? How do I fix my exhalation so I can breathe better?

Bronchodilators: In asthma and or hyperactive airway disease, the lining of your windpipe mucosa sells up, thus you need to exert more when you breathe out, if you have been prescribed inhalers, you should use the as prescribed, and breathing exercise will help, if you are not being treated, you should see you doctor or a pulmonologist. ...Read more

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If I have hyperactive airway disease/asthma and the main irritator is allergens (dust) if I remove the allergens will I be able to breathe normally?

If I have hyperactive airway disease/asthma and the main irritator is allergens (dust) if I remove the allergens will I be able to breathe normally?

Dust mites: There are several ways to minimize your exposure to dust mites, such as hepa air purifiers and dust mite covers and removing carpeting, but you cannot get rid of them completely unless you live in an arid environment. Your response will decrease and your asthma will improve. Consider getting allergy shots for long term relief of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between hyperactive airway disease and asthma? I'm confirmed to have both by pcp & pulmonary dr but I don't take any meds.

What is the difference between hyperactive airway disease and asthma? I'm confirmed to have both by pcp & pulmonary dr but I don't take any meds.

Not much: Reactive airways is a term used to describe reversible readily apparent episodes of chest tightness/shortness of breath / dry cough. Examples- fire fighters, symptoms while walking by the detergent aisle in grocery stores etc. Asthma is defined as reversible obstruction due to increased airway smooth muscle growth. Definitions might be different, but the clinical symptoms and treatment are same. ...Read more

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What is small airway disease? How to fix it?

What is small airway disease? How to fix it?

Check with your doc: This could be a lot of stuff. Or possibly a falsely abnormal result. Check with your lung doc. It may indicate early lung disease. Better be safe. ...Read more

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What is reactive airway disease?

What is reactive airway disease?

Reactive airway: Reactive airway disease merely means that the bronchioles are responding to an outside allergen resulting in constriction of the smooth muscles. Typical examples are bronchial asthma and bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between airway disease and asthma?

What is the difference between airway disease and asthma?

Difference...: Airways disease is a more general term that describes many disorders, including asthma. That is, asthma is one form of airways disease. ...Read more

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I have reactive airway disease and not asthma. What is the difference?

I have reactive airway disease and not asthma. What is the difference?

Very mild asthma: More and more we are shying away from using that term. It is usually used to label very mild asthma that flares up very infrequently, usually due to a well-defined trigger like infections, wheather change, pollen, etc. There's a reason asthma meds like albuterol are used for this. ...Read more

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What precautions should be taken.....regarding hyper reactive airway disease......

What precautions should be taken.....regarding hyper reactive airway disease......

Avoid allergens: Such as dust (both outside and at home), extreme climate and humidity, keep well hydrated, well rested and yes, do take the Flu and Pneumonia vaccines. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the optimal pattern of breathing for patient with obstructive airway disease?

Please help! What is the optimal pattern of breathing for patient with obstructive airway disease?

Any: There is no optimal patters. Breath normally & at times hold breath X few seconds & blow out through your moth partially close as in blowing a balloon. It will help ypur respiratory muscles. By keeping a slow pattern will oxygenated without causing acid-base problems ...Read more

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Is there a specific diet / food plan that would be recommended for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what is it?

Is there a specific diet / food plan that would be recommended for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what is it?

Food's not the key: The stuff you see on the internet about this-or-that food or 'super-food' being very good/bad for this particular disease is almost all made up as entertainment. Eat sensibly and manage your disease carefully as your physician directs. ...Read more

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How is reactive airways disease diagnosed?

How is reactive airways disease diagnosed?

Spirometry: This can be tested by the use of a spirometer, which may be in your doctor's office or at the local hospital, possibly with a methacholine challenge. ...Read more

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What is minimal airway disease and what all causes it?

What is minimal airway disease and what all causes it?

Not sure: May be referring to reactive airway disease which is an asthma like disorder where allergies or exertion can stimulate wheezing. Ask your doctor for more complete information on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have reactive airway disease?

What can I do if I have reactive airway disease?

Prevention is best: There are usually specific triggers such as smoke inhalation, allergens, and upper respiratory infections that exacerbate the reactive airway. Avoidance of your individual triggers is best. Once an episode is triggered, bronchodilators and inhaled steroids are usually necessary, sometimes oral steroids may be required. ...Read more

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Is there optimal pattern of breathing with obstructive airway disease?

Is there optimal pattern of breathing with obstructive airway disease?

Hmm: There are different characteristics that make one persons sleep apnea better than another's, but there is no optimal pattern. Apneas are already abnormal breathing patterns. ...Read more

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Is there an optimal pattern of breathing when you have obstructive airway disease?

Is there an optimal pattern of breathing when you have obstructive airway disease?

Pursed lip breathing: Pts with COPD who practice pursed lip breathing keep their airways open a little longer allowing more air into the lung. Most COPD pts learn this technique early on in their disease course. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with small airway disease and prescribed an inhaler. Should I be worried that I appear to need to use it daily (once or more)?

Depends on med: If using a rescue inhaler, like albuterol, could benefit from a regular dose steroid / long-acting / combo inhaler to reduce need for other. Write down time when using inhaler ; then take to your dr. For review and medication optimization. ...Read more

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Can vaping around a child cause reactive airway disease or asthma?

Can vaping around a child cause reactive airway disease or asthma?

Yes: Better avoid such practice or smoking or exposing children to any environmental airway inflammation trigger ...Read more

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