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Post Viral Asthma
Asthma?: If you have asthma, you need to address inflammation and airway reactivity hence the advice to use both a bronchodilator and an inhaled steroid. If you are having wheezing from a viral illness and the wheezing is reversed with a bronchodilator, there is a possibility that you have had mild asthma and symptoms were not enough to get your attention until the respiratory illness. ...Read more
Clarification: Not currently symptomatic but diagnosis w/viral induced asthma in past. Am I at increased risk for aspergillosis having viral induced asthma?
No: Aspergillosis is not the same as Aspergillus allergy. However there is a form of severe asthma called Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis which is associated with allergy to Aspergillus but only a small % of people with asthma actually develop this condition for reason still not entirely known although genetic predisposition is suspected. This has nothing to do with viral induced asthma. ...Read more
Not really.: People with allergies and asthma are more prone to get sinus infections, ear infections and occasionally pneumonia. Asthma or allergies do not make you particularly prone for viral infections. People with allergies do have some changes in their immune system, but clinically we do not see more viral infections in this group of people. ...Read more
Dx w/viral induced asthma b4-never get asthma symptoms unless I get bad cold-Raked tons of wet leaves yesterday w/o knowing of aspergillosis. Worried!
Mold allergy?: Since decaying leaves are laden with molds, their spores become airborne when you start raking them. If you are allergic to molds, this activity may trigger your asthma. Aspergillus however is just one of several molds that may be present on these leaves. Allergic bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis is not that common a condition, your risk in developing it from this exposure alone is very low. ...Read more
Currently have a viral infection. Not taking anything but Could I take prednisone to help alleviate chest tightness and asthma?
I have a cough that's worse at night and first in the morning, feels like grit in my throat. Could it be asthma? My gp thinks it's a viral infection.
Difficult to answer: Most asthma that starts in childhood can be linked to allergies. As we mature, other "triggers" may come into play such as occupational triggers (dust from manufacturing or fumes), pollution, etc. Though it sometimes can be difficult to put a finger on the cause, the treatments are usually the same- rescue inhalers and controllers (if necessary). Getting tested is always the best thing to do. ...Read more
Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www. Asthma. Org. Nz/resources/ ...Read more
Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more
No: Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start. Treatment usually involves learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping symptoms under control. In case of an asthma flare-up, you may need to use a. ...Read more
You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read more
Fight genetics!: That's right. 50% of asthma risk you get from your parents. If you choose ones with allergies or asthma you are already at high risk. Tell your parents not to smoke, especially when mom is pregnant with you. Tell them to get a dog and a cat before your birth. That helps. Don't live near roads with heavy diesel traffic. Avoid wood smoke & damp homes. Get exercise, sunshine & eat lots of fish. ...Read more
Get to the root:
The first thing is to be tested for your asthma. It is a simple test called spirometry. This, and your history, will permit the physician to make a proper diagnosis and recommend treatment. If you know now what things trigger an attack, either get rid of them (rugs, etc) or try to avoid contact (cats and dogs).
Remember, get tested first.
Good luck. ...Read more
Find out what:
Your "triggers" are...allergies/stress/environmental issues and find a good PULMONOLOGIST or ALLERGIST to help you design a medication program best for you! (Rescue inhalers, ongoing medications etc etc Some skin testing may be necessary! Start with your Primary Care Physician for a Referral
Hope this helps!
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See answer: Stop smoking and avoid second hand smoke, if you are overweight, than weight loss with a good exercise program and diet is recommended. Avoid triggers that may exacerbate your symptoms. Some people with asthma may have a genetic component and will simply need inhalers and meds to help with the disease. Best wishes. ...Read more
Symptoms, testing: Asthma is a respiratory condition diagnosed by compatible symptoms in a person who demonstrates airway obstruction on a breathing test that improves after a medication to open airways (albuterol). If symptoms are suggestive (chronic cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, typically worse at night) and criteria are met on a breathing test, then asthma can be definitively diagnosed. ...Read more
If your "triggers" are allergy induced-- remove or minimize as many as possible. If exercise induced, talk to your physician about pre-treatment. Pollution and occupational induced asthma should also be discussed. Make sure you also have your rescue inhaler with you and if you use a controller, do not skip any doses.
Good luck. ...Read more
Asthma can affect people to a varying degree for their whole life, although many children grow out of it.
Treatment is aimed at relieving symptoms during a flare & preventing how often the symptoms occur.
Broadly, there are 2 types of inhalers: Relievers (usually blue in colour) and Preventers (orange, purple, red, brown or green).
More info? See 'Asthma Relievers' or 'Asthma Preventers' ...Read more
1. Identify and avoid asthma triggers (this may be allergic, irritant, ge reflux, sinus, colds, cold air, etc)
2. If persistent asthma, a daily controller medication like inhaled steroid medication is most effective. Many other meds also.
3. Influenza vaccine annually and pneumonia vaccine
4. Monitor symptoms (sometimes peak flows) and have a written asthma action plan to follow during an attack. ...Read more
Unfortunately no: But the good news is that it can be controlled and you can lead a completely normal lifestyle, several Olympic medalists were asthmatic, treatments currently available helps managing the disease and controlling it to great extent, you need to keep follow up with your allergist/asthma specialist, and keep taking medicines as prescribed, good luck ...Read more
Yes if uncontrolled: In an asthma attack the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes go into spasm in response to irritation. Trying to push air through the smaller pipes can cause fatigue and respiratory failure. Identifying your asthma triggers that set off attacks and working with your doctor to find the best combination of treatment to prevent attacks and an action plan to treat such attacks can control this risk. ...Read more
Treatment...: Asthma can be treated but not cured. Typical treatment includes bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Other treatments depend on the specific symptoms present. Most asthmatics can be rendered symptom-free between exacerbations. If you smoke, quitting is necessary to decrease airway inflammation. See your doctor for treatment, especially if you still have symptoms. ...Read more