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Can a person develop asthma at 16 years of age?

Can a person develop asthma at 16 years of age?

Yes you can!: You can develop the first asthma attack at 16 years of age. Asthma is an inherited disorder which shows up at different ages. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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When is the typical onset of asthma? Can a person develop asthma as an adult?

When is the typical onset of asthma? Can a person develop asthma as an adult?

The: 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 “adult onset” 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

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Docs, could a healthy person develop asthma out of nowhere?

Docs, could a healthy person develop asthma out of nowhere?

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

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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.

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.

Asthma: Asthma is very common in children, it may be related to exposure to viruses, it is also related to air pollution and partly it is related to genetic factors if members of the family, maternal or paternal have a history of asthma and allergies. ...Read more

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Is a person likely to develop asthma if he/she is suffering from allergic rhinitis (no family history)?

Is a person likely to develop asthma if he/she is suffering from allergic rhinitis (no family history)?

Yes, atopic march: The "atopic march" is the progression of allergic disorders usually starting with eczema and food allergies in infants, that progresses to allergic rhinitis and then asthma. Even without a family history, risk is increased. ...Read more

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What are common asthma trigger factors in a person's home?

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

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If a person has asthma, will it be obvious if he has asthma if he exercises?

If a person has asthma, will it be obvious if he has asthma if he exercises?

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

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Can a person get asthma from environmental exposure?

Can a person get asthma from environmental exposure?

Can trigger: Certain elements in the environment can trigger an asthma exacerbation in someone who is predisposed or has asthma. But they do not "give" asthma to someone. ...Read more

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How can flying on a plane affect a person with asthma?

Take your inhaler: Taking your medications on board along with a peak flow meter are suggested. Avoid any known triggers when flying. ...Read more

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Does swimming a lot the same day make a person's asthma trigger?

Does swimming a lot the same day make a person's asthma trigger?

Possible: 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

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What are the asthma medications a diabetic person shouldn't take?

What are the asthma medications a diabetic person shouldn't take?

Steroids...: ...Can interfere with glycemic control in diabetics, but they can also be life savers in people with asthma. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how flying on a plane affect a person with asthma?

Can you tell me how flying on a plane affect a person with asthma?

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

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Would a person with stage 4 asthma take showers two times everyday?

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

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What is normal peak flow meter reading in a person without asthma?

What is normal peak flow meter reading in a person without asthma?

This varies/ height: Most male adults above 5'6 would average above 450, but these can vary with the meter used. ...Read more

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Can a person who doesn't have asthma, have an acute bronchial attack?

Can a person who doesn't have asthma, have an acute bronchial attack?

Acute Bronchitis: 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

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How to help a person who is being attacked by asthma without an inhaler?

How to help a person who is being attacked by asthma without an inhaler?

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

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Can a person with asthma take ciprofloxacin?

Can a person with asthma take ciprofloxacin?

Yes: As long as they are not allergic to cipro (ciprofloxacin). ...Read more

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How does a person feel during an asthma attack?

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

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Can a person get asthma symptoms from a bad flea infestation?

Can a person get asthma symptoms from a bad flea infestation?

Yes: Yes as As we can be triggered by many things infections information allergies insects ...Read more

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Is tea/ caffeine harmful in any way to a person who has asthma?

Is tea/ caffeine harmful in any way to a person who has asthma?

Depends: These taken in moderation do not trigger or aggravate asthma.They both contain chemicals that are cousins of an asthma medication used years ago. (theophylline) As with any indulgence, excesses can lead to health problems, but these would not be specific to asthma sufferers. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is asthma consider a disability to a person who's got copd?

Can you tell me is asthma consider a disability to a person who's got copd?

No: Asthma is a reversible airway obstructive process usually related to environmental intolerance. It responds well to therapy. COPD is usually related to smoking and causes the same symptoms of asthma, but response to thearpy is not as robust. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

Neurologist: I believe you should consult a neurologist to evaluate your speech problem plus the weakness as well. If you are taking the older generation antihistamines, they may temporarily impede your memory and cause sedation. ...Read more

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Could one person have asthma and emphysema at the same time?

Yes: There is growing evidence that there may be a subset of patients who smoke that have a combination of emphysema and asthma. ...Read more

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How does an asthma inhaler help a person with asthma breathe?

How does an asthma inhaler help a person with asthma breathe?

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

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Does asthma ever have a negative effect on a person's sense of smell?

Does asthma ever have a negative effect on a person's sense of smell?

Possibly: It is not unusual for asthma symptoms to accompany seasonal allergic rhinitis, or seasonal allergies. The congestion associated with allergies can lead to decreased sense of smell. ...Read more

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Would dry air tend to make a person cough more if they have allergies or asthma than humidified air?

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

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Do you give mouth to mouth to a person with asthma?

Yes you can: Ther is no contraindications to mouth to mouth withe asthma. ...Read more

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