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What is intrinsic and extrinsic asthma?

What is intrinsic and extrinsic asthma?

Asthma: Intrinsic is non allergic asthma, so it is NOT triggered by allergic factors. Extrinsic is allergic asthma that gets triggered by allergic causes. That is a simple explanation. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is 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 breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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How common is it to develop asthmas as an adult? What usually triggers this?

How common is it to develop asthmas as an adult? What usually triggers this?

Not uncommon.: Sometimes a viral infection can trigger this...or it is possible to develop seasonal or other allergies, even if they weren't there when younger. There are other lung conditions that can mimic asthma, so just be sure you've discussed this with your doctor or a pulmonologist or allergist. ...Read more

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What causes asthma?

What causes asthma?

Also infection: While 80% of asthma patients have allergies, there are patients whose asthma starts after they had a respiratory infection. Those infections can be due to viruses such as influenza (the real flu) or certain bacteria such as mycoplasma or chlamydia. Such patients are usually older and have no history of allergy. Still, patients who already have asthma and get infected, their asthma will get worse. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the number of asthma attacks i'm having?

How can I reduce the number of asthma attacks i'm having?

Allergens & Meds: The best way to decrease asthma attacks is to reduce breathing tube irritability. This is achieved by taking controller medications (inhaled corticosteroids or oral leukotriene antagonists) daily or more as prescribed by your doctor. If you are allergic reduce or eliminate exposure to dust mite, animal dander & molds. Avoid cigarette smoke & indoor & outdoor pollution. Take omega-3 & vitamin d. ...Read more

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What are common asthma triggers?

What are common asthma triggers?

Triggers...: Common asthma triggers include dust, pollen, upper respiratory infections, lung infections, exercise, cold air, food allergies, pet dander, mold, cigarette smoke, etc. ...Read more

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get asthma, or is it unusual?

Asthma: More then 30 million people in usa alone have asthma. More that 6 million are children. It is one the most common and chronic illnesses. 5, 000 people die yearly from asthma attacks. ...Read more

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My wife thinks I should see someone for my asthma. Should i?

My wife thinks I should see someone for my asthma.  Should i?

This is a question?: I've rarely met a married man who came to see me without the urging of his wife. Because you are married you have at least one other person relying on your good health besides you. Perhaps there are more. Go see your primary care physician. I'll go out on a limb & say invite your wife to accompany you to the visit. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Definition...: Asthma is a disease of the airways characterized by recurrent acute exacerbations of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Between exacerbations, most asthmatics have no symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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What is asthma and how to cure it?

What is asthma and how to cure it?

Asthma: A disease consisting of airway inflammation leading to airway narrowing and often sputum production. Symptoms usually consist of coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and/or chest tightness. It can usually be controlled but not cured. Genetic has something to do with it. If anything, allergy shots may be the closest thing to a cure.for those who are allergic. ...Read more

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