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What could happen if asthma is left untreated?

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!

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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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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What would happen if a child has asthma but it is left untreated?

What would happen if a child has asthma but it is left untreated?

Not good: Untreated asthma can lead to irreversible damage in the lung and may impair the person's breathing for the rest of their life. A majority of children outgrow their asthma and early intervention and treatment is key to prevent long term sequelae.

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How will I die from an asthma attack if I will to left it untreated?

How will I die from an asthma attack if I will to left it untreated?

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!

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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?

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?

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What will happen if asthma goes untreated?

What will happen if asthma goes untreated?

Difficult to answer: Apart from the immediate consequences (not being able to breathe, long term untreated asthma can cause the lungs to lose their elasticity and the patient can develop COPD. If you have asthma, get treated. If you're not sure, get diagnosed.

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What are the problems involved with untreated/undiagnosed asthma?

What are the problems involved with untreated/undiagnosed asthma?

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

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What could be making my left side hurt where my ribs are. I know I have asthma?

What could be making my left side hurt where my ribs are. I know I have asthma?

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.

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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?

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.

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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?

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?

Yes: A simple upper respiratory viral infection can definitely trigger asthma symptoms. Might be a good idea to use your asthma inhalers for the duration of such events.

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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

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.

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Atrial fibrilation with left bbb and asthma?

Atrial fibrilation with left bbb and asthma?

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.

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Are there any long term effects for untreated mild asthma?

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.

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If you have constant chest pains mostly on the left side and is asthma free what would be the cause?

If you have constant chest pains mostly on the left side and is asthma free what would be the cause?

There are many: Different causes of chest pains. Constant pains are rarely Cardiac. It will be impossible to suggest an accurate diagnosis without additional examination and evaluation. Make an appointment with a health care provider for a thorough evaluation.

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What can I do about hyperinflated lungs due to untreated asthma?

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.

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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

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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?

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?

See a physician ASAP: Abdominal pain that does not respond to reasonable doses of OTC medication requires examination of the abdomen by a physician. If your physician is not available, go to urgent care or ER.

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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?

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.

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My husband has asthma and has had an untreated upper respiratory infection for awhile. What could happen if it stays untreated?

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.