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Is Bronchial Asthma contagious?

No: asthma isn't contagious, viral diseases can resemble asthma, and they are contagious, but asthma as it is no, ...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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I have moderate to severe asthma and was exposed to pneumonia. How contagious is pneumonia?

I have moderate to severe asthma and was exposed to pneumonia. How contagious is pneumonia?

Depends: Most bacterial pneumonia arises from common germs already in the respiratory tract & are not easily transferred. Some viral pneumonias are less selective & could pass as easily as a cold.Proximity of exposure along with duration in minutes/hours etc all contribute to ease of pasage. ...Read more

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A family member has allergy induced pneumonia, is that contagious? I heard it was not. I have asthma and I am concerned.

A family member has allergy induced pneumonia, is that contagious? I heard it was not.  I have asthma and I am concerned.

Molds?: Do you mean hypersensitivity pneumonitis which can be caused by an immune reaction to molds or an occupational exposure? Allergy otherwise does not cause pneumonia. If the pneumonia is not caused by a virus or bacteria, it is not transmitted to another person. But if you are also exposed to the same environment, your risk of developing pneumonitis is somewhat higher ...Read more

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Asthma patient with bronchitis symptoms. Is bronchitis contagious, and would you assume it best for me to stay home from school?

Asthma patient with bronchitis symptoms. Is bronchitis contagious, and would you assume it best for me to stay home from school?

Depends: Assuming that your asthma is under control but you still cough, then the cause for the bronchitis is likely from a viral or bacterial infection. Bacterial infection is usually not contagious unless you have whooping cough. Viral infection often does however since a cough often travels from 0 to 60 faster than your souped-up mustang. ...Read more

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Can asthmatic bronchitis be contagious to other children?

Can asthmatic bronchitis be contagious to other children?

Viral infection: Viral respiratory tract infections are contagious as they are spread by respiratory droplets. However, to have asthma symptoms that is dependent upon the child having asthma. Thus, if the child has asthma, and then is exposed to a viral infection, he will have symptoms of asthmatic bronchitis. ...Read more

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Is walking pneumonia contagious? A family member has mild pneumonia. I am asthmatic and concerned.

Is walking pneumonia contagious? A family member has mild pneumonia. I am asthmatic and concerned.

Depends: Many are and some are not."Walking pneumonia" is a simple label that designates those that can be treated with oral medication & not require hospital care. Many start with contageous viruses and or inhaled germs from their surroundings.These could spread.Some start as a cold and common airway bacteria that were there already take the opportunity to spread/infect.These are less so. ...Read more

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Can my asthma make my diastolic numbers go up my numbers are usually in the 70's and these past few days its been in the 80's?

Can my asthma make my diastolic numbers go up my numbers are usually in the 70's and these past few days its been in the 80's?

Asthma : If your asthma is not controlled and you have persistent shortness of breath or have to give effort for breathing, your blood pressure might go up including diastolic blood pressure. Diastolic blood pressure in the mid 80's is normal. ...Read more

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Why is amlexanox prescribed for asthma in Japan but not in the U.S.?

Why is amlexanox prescribed for asthma in Japan but not in the U.S.?

Discontinued In USA: AMLEXANOX WAS USED IN usa for canker sores.It is an Anti Inflammatory,Anti Allergy In USA it was patenteIN 1994 It was never approved for Asthma Treatment in USA.We do not know the cause For some reason it's use was discontinued for canker sores in USA ...Read more

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How many kids are diagnosed with asthma in the u.S. Each year?

How many kids are diagnosed with asthma in the u.S. Each year?

Asthma: ~5, 000 people die of asthma attacks per year, ~500, 000 are hospitalized; more than 5 million doctors visits for asthma attacks per year. It is estimated that between 6-8 million children in the United States have asthma. Hope that helps. ...Read more

Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more