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Use LABA with ICS...: Asthma is a condition of intermittent wheeze / breathlessness & triggered by infection, allergy or exercise. SABAs (short acting beta agonists) are used as 'relievers' If you are requiring SABA more than 3 times a week you may need a regular ICS (inhaled corticosteroid) preventer. LABAs (long acting beta agonist) are used in conjunction with ICS to relieve ongoing symptoms despite regular ICS use.See 1 more doctor answer
Wheezing, SOB: Wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath (sob) are the classic symptoms of asthma. Most often, wheezing and shortness of breath follow the brief period of "cold" symptoms in infants/children. The cough is not so prominent as in bronchitis. Coughing or shortness of breath aggravated by excercise also raises suspicion of undiagnosed asthma.See 6 more doctor answers
Yes...: Asthma, by definition, consists of recurrent episodes of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. These episodes can be triggered by allergies, upper respiratory infections, etc. Between episodes, most patients are entirely normal. Patients should avoid known allergic triggers as much as possible. Patients with acute symptoms like wheezing, cough, shortness of breath need emergent eval, even er.See 1 more doctor answer
May help: Diets high in vitamin c (may affect inflammation) can be helpful and new evidence shows vitamin d is important for inhaled corticosteroid inhalers to be more effective. While diet can help, it is just a part of management that also includes quick relief medication, avoiding allergens and other triggers, daily controller medication (for persistent asthma), influenza vaccine, smoking cessation.
Many things: Aside from using your "rescue" inhaler there are a number of things you can do. If your attacks are triggered by allergies, remove as many of them as you can (cover mattresses with barriers for dust mites) if you have carpeting or rugs and are allergic to animal dander, try to remove them especially if they are left over from previous owners or tenants. Other things-talk over with your physician.
Albuterol: The quick relief medication albuterol is available as an inhaler or nebulizer and starts working in 5 minutes, peak effect near 30 minutes and lasts about 4 hours. If asthma symptoms occur more than twice a week during the day, twice a month at night, or interfere with daily activities then see an asthma specialist for a detailed plan on how to prevent and control asthma. Asthma can be serious!
Later in life?: Yes, some people develop asthma when they are adults.
Absolutely: First of all you must be tested and diagnosed with asthma. This is a simple office test your physician can perform. Your history of attacks including frequency and severity care important Recognizing those things that trigger an attack like animal dander, pollen etc must be avoided (if possible) reducing exposure to these triggers can be very beneficial to your condition. Good Luck.
Yes: They can occur in increased humidity. Keep you rescue meds available for any flares.
Yes: Yes as As we can be triggered by many things infections information allergies insects
Complex answer: There is no single test that confirms asthma. Asthma is clinical diagnosis based upon the patients history, exam and testing (spirometry, exhaled Nitric Oxide levels, allergy testing, response to bronchodilators). Many other diseases may mimic asthma and have similar symptoms.See 1 more doctor answer
Asthma: Asthmatic symptoms may be triggered by a drop in air temperature or a change in humidity as well, but there is no set limit or threshold when these symptoms occur owing to differences in different asthmatic patients.
Depends: There has been report that thunderstorm often triggers asthma exacerbation presumably related to the increase mold count (alternaria) it generates. The question is less clear for those who are not allergic to this mold. I am unaware of any report finding that this improves asthma.See 1 more doctor answer
Removing triggers: Allergy induced asthma can be helped by removing or minimizing your triggers. Animal dander, dust mites, pollen, etc. Should be addressed. Remove rugs, carpeting, cover mattresses with a plastic cover are all good starting points. You can get "allergy reports" for your area from the internet especially during pollen seasons. Of course don't leave yourself without a "rescue" inhaler. Good LuckSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Humid air and upright position.Get a more detailed answer ›
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