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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! ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more