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What Could Happen If Asthma Is Left Untreated
Death, debility: Untreated asthma could lead to sudden death, although usually a prolonged period of gradual worsening of airway obstruction leading to changes in the lung that cause permanent airway obstruction. Worsening quality of life and the inability to do simple things follows... And an untimely death is always nearby. Get treated! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Asthma death: All asthma patients even mild are at risk for fatal asthma. Proper treatment and monitoring reduces that risk. Asthma death is usually a result of respiratory failure or complications related to its treatment. While it is often unpredictable, at times there are signs leading up to this. If you have frequent wheezing or albuterol use do not wait to get help from your dr. Or the er! ...Read more
Are a 17 year olds lungs damaged if they were filled with fluid for 4 months left untreated. We didn't know she had asthma until a dr visit?
Filled with fluid?: asthma is an inflammatory issue - but if she has never been told asthmatic unusual to diagnose at one visit. Why do you think they were filled with fluid for 4 mo? Cough alone can be from reflux, post-nasal drip, virus, allergies, pneumonia, cardiac reasons - and asthma - and many other reasons. So why the question about fluid for 4 mo? Did someone say she had fluid? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: If the asthma is mild, you may experience nothing or just a mild cough or breathing problem with exercise. If moderate or severe, then you may have limitation in your activities and often bothered by breathing problem which may even be life-threatening at times. Many people also complain of fatigue until the asthma becomes under control ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many causes: Young people your age can get a transient entity call costrochondritis. It is an inflamation of muscles between the ribs. Because asthma can make breathing difficult, sometimes the muscles can be irratated. It is easily diagnosed by physical exam and can be treated with local heat and medication. If it persists, see your doctor. ...Read more
I get sharp pains in my upper left side of my chest sometimes and I do have asthma...Should this be something to worry about?
Not necessarily: Occasional sharp pains can be a stitch n the muscle. Hopefully you know your body well enough to know if it is related to your asthma. If it bothers you, discuss it with your doctor. Most of our aches and pains are minor issues. When something concerns you a visit to clear up things is very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was diagnosed with asthma when i get sick from a cold I am left with a bothersome cough sometimes it is uncontrollable. Is this asthma as we'll?
What exercises are most recommended after having asthma as a child and left with lower breathing capacity? I'm guessing cardio is not recommended. Tnx
Aerobic training: Under usual circumstances, a history of childhood asthma should not prevent a person from enjoying the benefits of aerobic exercise (activity that sustains heart rate at 70 percent of age predicted maximum for 30 minutes). Regular aerobic exercise, such as walking, cycling, jogging or swimming will improve cardiovascular fitness and stamina. The program should start slowly, build gradually. ...Read more
Heart and lung: Heart and lung work together, some people develop cardiac asthma if their heart muscle is weak. If asthma existed before the heart issues, they are treated independently. Some heart medications, such as beta blockers, can worsen asthma, some don't. It is a complex issue and needs to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: There is a normal decrease in lung function with age. Untreated asthma can worsen the decline in function. Asthma can be sneaky, slowly getting worse over time. You make think it's mild, but you're doing less and less without realizing it. I would recommend routine follow up and lung function testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have constant chest pains mostly on the left side and is asthma free what would be the cause?
Talk to your doctor: Asthma is an inflammatory airway condition that causes airflow obstruction resulting in hyperinflation. Asthma controller medications (typically inhalers or nebulizer therapies) can help alleviate the inflammation and bronchoconstriction causing obstruction and air-trapping. Discuss this with your md to help determine an appropriate treatment strategy. ...Read more
Acedomediphine and asthma. But I have 4 hours left to.Sleep, and my stomachs hurts really bad. How can I make it stop?
Acetaminophen?: I think this is what you are referring to. This is the generic name for Tylenol and should have no problems with your asthma. However, your complaint about a stomach ache will probably not be helped by acetaminophen. You may want to talk it over with your physician who can better guide you in managing this pain. Good Luck ...Read more
I'm taking acedomediphine and have asthma. But I have 4 hours left to sleep, and my stomachs hurts really bad, how can I make it stop?
My asthma is variable due to stress and environment. If stressedthe left side of my chest hurts,and onlyThe left side.Is this an outcome of asthma?
What if it's heart: What if it's heart pain? A person with pain at the left chest or rib care can see his doctor now to be evaluated. Pains can come from a heart problem (serious!), neck and shoulder muscles, the ribs and their joints, the lungs inside the chest, etc. If one feels his pain is coming from the heart, has a chest tightness, some difficulty breathing, or has past heart disease, he can call 911 for help. ...Read more
My husband has asthma and has had an untreated upper respiratory infection for awhile. What could happen if it stays untreated?
URI: Depending upon the type of infection and the tissues involved it definitely has the potential to make asthmatics symptomatic or if symptomatic, worse. If your husband's wheezing increases, see a doctor asap. Treatment of the infection may or may not be appropriate depending upon the type of infection and its cause. Sounds as if it may be viral, in which case antibiotics are worthless. ...Read more
I am getting over a cold and I have asthma and there is a tickle in my back (lung area) on the left side and it is uncomfortable. What could this be?
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