Doctor insights on:
Person Develop Asthma
The simple answer is yes; asthma can develop at any age including adulthood. However, studies have shown that there is substantial complexity to this. Many young adults who are diagnosed with â€œadult onsetâ€ asthma actually turn out to have a history of wheezing during childhood or a history of atopy (allergies such as hayfever or eczema). This suggests that new onset asthma in young adulthood may have its origin in early childhood. Women also seem to be more susceptible than men in developing adult onset asthma. Studies have also shown that in contrast to childhood asthma (which many people grow out of), adult onset asthma tends to persist with at least the same level of severity if not worse as you get older.
Diagnosing new onset asthma in older adults is more problematic as there are many other conditions that can mimic asthma and can lead to a misdiagnosis. Some examples of conditions that can do this include bronchiolitis, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (especially in smokers) and left-ventricular heart failure. Therefore, a diagnosis of adult onset asthma should only be made after extensive workup, preferably by a pulmonologist. ...Read more
No- it's a process: Though coughing and wheezing caused by "brochospasm" can occur, it is because of a situation that irritates the large airways. This will usually resolve once the irritant is removed. Asthma on the otherhand, is a process that involves bronchospasm and inflammation, which gets worse over time if left untreated. The cause is multi-factorial, but it doesn't appear from nowhere. ...Read more
What causes a person to develop asthma at three years old out of the blue? The mother never drunk or smoked and out of nowhere the kid get asthma.
Is a person likely to develop asthma if he/she is suffering from allergic rhinitis (no family history)?
Many: The most common triggers in the home are animal dander, dust mites, smoke (tobacco) polution, molds and assorted others. Ideally you can fous in on the particular trigger but this is often difficult to say the least. Removing carpeting ; rugs is a start as well as keeping cats and dogs out of your bedroom. Dust mites can be controlled in your bedroom by using special mattress covers. Air purifiers. ...Read more
Not always: It is amazing how asthma behaves in different people. I have seen patients with only minimal airway obstruction yet a lot of symptoms, yet others with moderate airway obstruction having little or no symptoms with exercise. In general, the majority of people will have breathing problem after about 10 minutes of exercise. A lung function test remains the best way to assess asthma -at least for now ...Read more
Take your inhaler: Taking your medications on board along with a peak flow meter are suggested. Avoid any known triggers when flying. ...Read more
There is study showing that people swimming in chlorinated pool are more likely to get asthma exacerbation. Thus the longer the exposure, the more likely the asthma. Extreme athletes may also get bronchospasm (not officially classified as asthma but behaves like one) during very vigorous exercise.
I presume that your asthma is under control otherwise. ...Read more
Generally safer but.:
Though planes today are pressurized and well ventilated, asthmatics can have problems. If you are a nervous passenger- this can be a trigger. Allergies and the close quarters of a plane can also be a problem. Check with your physician if he/she thinks you should take precautions before a flight
Good Luck. ...Read more
Yes: You can take as many showers you want but be sure to use a moisturizer afterwards else you will dry up like a prune. ...Read more
This varies/ height: Most male adults above 5'6 would average above 450, but these can vary with the meter used. ...Read more
Yes one can get an attack of Acute Bronchitis which may be due to viral or bacterial infection. Other irritants like smoke or pollution also may cause this condition less frequently.
It causes cough and may last 10 to 20 days and gradually gets better. It may also cause wheezing and rhonchi in the chest on auscultation ...Read more
Consider 911: Asthma is a common disease, but it does kill over 3, 000 people in the us every year. If a person does not have an inhaler and is very short of breath, they should be evaluated. Many urgent cares, clinics, and all emergency departments have breathing medications. If symptoms are severe, however, they should go to the er to make sure they don't need additional tests, therapies. ...Read more
Depends: This would obviously be related the the individual patient's perceptions. But generally speaking, one feels short of breath, is working harder to get a full breath, often feels very anxious, is scared and depending on the severity of the attack and were the treatment is going, the patient might be sleepy, lethargic or worse as the attack proceeds if the meds are not working. ...Read more
Yes: Yes as As we can be triggered by many things infections information allergies insects ...Read more
If someome with asthma has bronchitis, can the bronchitis affect their asthma? If so, what extra measures can that person take to prevent an attack?
; vice versa: Bronchitis merely means inflammation of the bronchial tree. In a way, asthma is the result of inflammation of the airway mostly from eosinophils when the problem is allergic. You need to consult an allergist if the problem is not controlled. A viral infection often causes bronchitis and then exacerbation of asthma. ...Read more
If one is finding certain words difficult to utter each time, what may be causes? [and person has asthma as well].can a psychiatrist assist please?
Opens breathing tube: Inhaled medications (bronchodialtors) like albuterol, help relax the muscular spasm around the bronchi or breathing tubes. This form of rescue medication can provide rapid relief or prevention of symptoms. Other medications like steroids or steroid/bronchodilator combinations also come in metered dose inhaler form. ...Read more
Would dry air tend to make a person cough more if they have allergies or asthma than humidified air?
Usually: Dry (and cold) air is particularly bad for exercise induced asthma and that frequently causes cough. Swimming was always said to be better than running for asthma, but now with public pools so highly chlorinated, that also often makes asthma worse. For nasal allergies, the best way to humidify is to use saline nasal spray or flush. ...Read more