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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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I got diagnosed with reactive airway disease is there any chance I could develop copd?

I got diagnosed with reactive airway disease is there any chance I could develop copd?

Yes.: It depends on who made the diagnosis and what criteria were used to make a diagnosis of reactive airway disease. We do know that historically patients with asthma who were either untreated or undertreated in childhood and adolescence went on to develop COPD in the future. ...Read more

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Our 2.5 year old son was diagnosed tioday with reactive airway disease. Should we go on vacation to aruba tomorrow?

Our 2.5 year old son was diagnosed tioday with reactive airway disease. Should we go on vacation to aruba tomorrow?

Depends: It depends on how sick he is right now. If he is coughing a lot and wheezing, it's probably best not to go. However, if his oxygen saturation is good and the nebulizer treatments are helping, you just need to make sure you bring the machine and medications with you. It also depends on how long the flight is and how long your child can go in between treatments. ...Read more

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Is chronic obstruction airways disease a progressive illness?

Is chronic obstruction airways disease a progressive illness?

Yes: Medical treatment can slow the progression of the disease and improve symptoms, but if you are a smoker and have copd, stop smoking now, it's the best thing you can do! ...Read more

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What are non-traditional drugs for reversible obstructive airway disease?

Check with MD: You need to talk to your md about your mallampati, airway, potential soft tissue in pharyngeal wall, and discuss sleep hygiene, cpap, and/or mrd treatment options. ...Read more

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What are some alternative drugs for reversible obstructive airway disease?

What are some alternative drugs for reversible obstructive airway disease?

Asthma: Are you describing something other than asthma? Alternatives to inhaled corticosteroids and beta-agonists? Some include inhaled anticholinergics, leukotriene modifying agents, cromolyn, theophyline, steroids, Xolair (with many alternative "biologics" in the pipeline). ...Read more

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My son has reactive airway disease and has a fever of 103.4 could the two be. Linked?

My son has reactive airway disease and has a fever of 103.4 could the two be. Linked?

Seek care: Reactive airway disease aka asthma does not cause fevers. However, an upper respiratory illness that causes a fever can trigger his asthma. With his high fever, consider cool compresses and a dose of weight based acetaminophen. Try to keep him hydrated and call the doctors office tomorrow for further guidance. ...Read more

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Is small airway disease showing obstruction in the small airways the same as copd, asthma or something else? Prognosis?

Is small airway disease showing obstruction in the small airways the same as copd, asthma or something else? Prognosis?

Asthma: In the past small airways disease did not have its own code but listed under asthma. It is almost like in between the reactive airways and asthma, showing up mainly when someone has a trigger like an upper respiratory infection or bronchitis. It may not show the same inflammatory reaction in blood tests like asthma, but is seen in the pft as reversible process like asthma. ...Read more

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Just was diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma. Prescribed an inhaler, which I used frequently, and now prescribed advair. Is that normal?

Just was diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma. Prescribed an inhaler, which I used frequently, and now prescribed advair. Is that normal?

Yes, very common: Asthma is treated in a step wise fashion. If the rescue inhaler isn't working well to control your symptoms, then an inhaled steroid would be prescribed, then an inhaled steroid/LABA like advair. Once controlled well, you might be able to de-escalate therapy. I would discuss this with your pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Is there a recommended workout program (cardio / weights / weight machines) for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what?

Is there a recommended workout program (cardio / weights / weight machines) for someone diagnosed with small airway disease / asthma? If so, what?

Recommendation: Make sure you take your chronic medicines. Take your short-acting medicine before exercise, and do an incremental exercise as you can tolerate. Only avoid food you can be allergic to, eat and live healthy and avoid begin around smokers. You'll be fine. Good luck. ...Read more

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What symptoms mean that my child has reactive airways disease?

What symptoms mean that my child has reactive airways disease?

Cough/wheeze: We all have airways that have a protective apparatus that reacts to keep noxious gas or debris from filling the sensitive air blebs in our lung. When this works correctly, as soon as the triggering event is gone, the "gate keeper" opens it and normal breathing ensues. RAD is a condition where the gate tends to remain closed, producing wheezing or cough. Meds work to reduce the keep airways open. ...Read more

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I am an adult with reactive airways disease. Will this get worse with time?

I am an adult with reactive airways disease. Will this get worse with time?

Not necessarily: Reactive airways are a type of asthma that occur in reaction to viruses, respiratory infections, etc. As long as you recognize the symptoms early and treat them, you should be fine. ...Read more

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16 m.o. son, reactive airway disease, needs PE tubes, I'm afraid of anesthesia and it's effect on his RAD.?

16 m.o. son, reactive airway disease, needs PE tubes, I'm afraid of anesthesia and it's effect on his RAD.?

Just let them know: RAD is not a reason not to have tubes, I have even used general anesthesia to stop a status asthmaticus in a kid with bad asthma (worked well when nothing else did). As long as the anesthesiologist knows the kids past history they can modify any plans they need to. ...Read more

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Recently I was diagnosed with reactive airway disease. The last two days I've had non stop wheezing and my inhaler doesn't seem to help.

Recently I was diagnosed with reactive airway disease. The last two days I've had non stop wheezing and my inhaler doesn't seem to help.

Acute exacerbation: RAD is a general term for a lot of different disorders. If a rescue inhaler is not helping relieve symptoms the airways are too obstructed and this can lead to serious problems. Typically additional treatment is needed such as systemic or inhaled steroid or long acting bronchodilator. Even antibiotics have been used. Would recommend in-person urgent care or PCP visit to evaluate ASAP. ...Read more

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Can umeclidium be used for the treatment of reactive airway disease? Vs a steroid? I am still coughing a bit with the steroid. Would other be better?

Can umeclidium be used for the treatment of reactive airway disease? Vs a steroid? I am still coughing a bit with the steroid. Would other be better?

May be: But better get re-evaluted, the cough can be due to upper airway involvement as well, faulty intake of inhaler, not using short acting bronchodilators well, or using LABA when you shouldn't, wish you wellness ...Read more

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I have reactive airway disease, and my pulse ox has been ranging from 90 to 94, Is a nebulizer treatment sufficient to address this?

I have reactive airway disease, and my pulse ox has been ranging from 90 to 94, Is a nebulizer treatment sufficient to address this?

Good Pulse Ox,: Nebulizer machine is for correcting the Bronchospasm. Pulse Oxymetry measures how much O2 your blood is carrying. You do not need to monitor that all the time and please stop checking it. Follow your doctor's advise regarding the use of Nebulizer machine. Good luck ...Read more

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1yr old was dx'd w/ reactive airway disease. He's on albuterol 4x/day. His cough has gotten more painful/frequent since using it. Is this normal?

1yr old was dx'd w/ reactive airway disease. He's on albuterol 4x/day. His cough has gotten more painful/frequent since using it. Is this normal?

Contact pediatrician: If your baby's on the albuterol nebulizer, s/he should be getting better not worse on it. So it's best to contact your pediatrician as soon as possible to let them know what's happening. They can advise you further. Plus they can document this in your baby's chart. ...Read more

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