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Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Cotton feeling throat and lungs. Cannot breathe in cold air cough like seal. When sleeping wake up coughing sometimes, is this asthma?

Maybe: Asthma symptoms are cough, wheeze, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness that is recurrent. It typically worsens at night and with exercise. There are multiple triggers including allergies, smoke/irritants and even acid reflux. An allergist or pulmonologist can perform a history, exam and lung function tests to help determine if asthma is the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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Should a child with asthma sleep in a basement?

Should a child with asthma sleep in a basement?

No: Although the particular environment of your basement is not known, in general, it is not a good idea for children with asthma to sleep in a basement, especially on the floor. More humid environments promote much more dust mite and mold growth. Moist, humid environments are known to be associated with more respiratory symptoms in children. ...Read more

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How to help a child with asthma sleep better with filters running?

How to help a child with asthma sleep better with filters running?

Get 'em off floor: Raise your filter off the floor, perhaps on a low, three-legged stool. Three legs wobble less than four. Cushion vibration with a towel. Consider a white noise generator or relaxing music in the bedroom at bedtime. ...Read more

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What are some ways to control a cough for a child with asthma?

What are some ways to control a cough for a child with asthma?

Medication: Cough is a common symptom of asthma. If it is from an acute attack, albuterol should suffice. In exercise-induced asthma, it is very effective if use 10-15 minutes prior to exercise. However, if the cough occurs daily, regular therapy with a controller medications such as montelukast (singulair) or an inhaled steroid (flovent, qvar, asmanex, pulmicort) may help. ...Read more

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Can playing around in snow for a few minutes hurt a child with asthma?

Can playing around in snow for a few minutes hurt a child with asthma?

Maybe: If the child has cold air induced asthma then playing outside can cause symptoms. The asthma symptoms can be prevented by covering the nose and mouth with a scarf and taking an albuterol inhaler 2 inhalations, 10 minutes before going outside. ...Read more

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Can walking around in snow for a couple minutes hurt a child with asthma?

Can walking around in snow for a couple minutes hurt a child with asthma?

As Long as...: ... Your child's asthma is not triggered by cold air. Some cases of asthma are triggered by cold requiring avoidance or medication. ...Read more

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What is it like for a child with asthma?

What is it like for a child with asthma?

Hard to breathe: Pretend someone is giving you a very tight bear hug. It is hard to breathe and can be frightening to a child ...Read more

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What are the different symptoms of a child with asthma?

What are the different symptoms of a child with asthma?

Cough and wheeze: Frequent cough and wheeze are the most typical symptoms in a child with asthma. Tthese symptoms will usually be worse at night and with viral colds. Less common symptoms of asthma include chest pain and chest tightness especially with activity. In children above 5 years of age, lung function testing is very helpful to diagnose asthma. ...Read more

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Is it okay to have cats if you have a child with asthma?

Depends: Asthma and allergy experts have been telling parents for decades that having pets (especially cats) at home is not good for children with asthma. That advice is still very true for the asthmatic child who is allergic to pets (>50%). Interestingly, more recent information has shown that if a child is born into a household with 2 or more pets, they are less likely to develop allergies and asthma. ...Read more

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Do dogs badly affect the condition of a child with asthma?

Do dogs badly affect the condition of a child with asthma?

If Allergic-Sure: Allergies are a major trigger of asthma. If your child is allergic to the dog, you are asking for trouble! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more