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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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. ...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 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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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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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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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When I cough n breath in deep from asthma my left lung area hurts bad. What could be causing this?

When I cough n breath in deep from asthma my left lung area hurts bad. What could be causing this?

Asthma: This may mean that your asthma is not well controlled and needs better control, consult an allergist to help you, especially that you suffer from allergies too, as they are both related. ...Read more

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Mediastinal adenopathy & left hilar adenopathy only with NO other symptoms other than adult onset asthma 4 months ago? Could this be cancer 51nonsmoker, clean mamagram 2, please what else could it be

Mediastinal adenopathy & left hilar adenopathy only with NO other symptoms other than adult onset asthma 4 months ago? Could this be cancer 51nonsmoker, clean mamagram 2, please what else could it be

There are a number: Of causes of mediastinal adenopathy. Inflammatory processes, infections, sarcoid and other granulomatous processes, to name a few. Unfortunately, lymphoma and other neoplasms can do it too. You need to follow-up with your physician to determine the cause of the adenopathy. ...Read more

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I have asthma and COPD what could cause my lower part of my left lung to hurt when I cough?

I have asthma and COPD what could cause my lower part of my left lung to hurt when I cough?

Neither: However if you have had some violent coughing spells or severe asthma attacks, you might have sprained some of the muscles on the rib cage. Inflammation of the lung lining at that site may also cause pain when coughing. If NSAIDs does not help or the pain gets worse, you would need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Was just wondering if breathing problems similar to asthma plus shoulder pain in the left arm could be a pe?

Was just wondering if breathing problems similar to asthma plus shoulder pain in the left arm could be a pe?

Yes: Could be a pe, heart attack and many other things ranging from the innocent (pulled muscle) to the very serious. Get yourself checked! ...Read more

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Left foot swollen my friend's left foot swells often. She takes medication for bp, asthma, diabetes and fluid retention. What could possibly be causing the swelling? M. E.

Left foot swollen my friend's left foot swells often. She takes medication for bp, asthma, diabetes and fluid retention. What could possibly be causing the swelling? M. E.

Drug effect?: Leg edema may occur when one is taking calcium-channel blocker type of drugs to control high bp. However, heart or kidney failure as well as varicose veins can cause it too. I will make sure that it is not caused by drug but in the meanwhile get a thorough medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Numbness of the left arm, heavy feeling in chest, pain in lower left side of pelvis. No previous diagnosis of asthma. What could be happening?

IF this is new, seek: Help in an ED. Very unlikely to be a heart attack unless you take cocaine or have a congenital condition, but chest pain with arm numbness is nothing to fool around with. Could be blood clot, collapsed lung, lots of things. Don't delay. ...Read more

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I have mass in my left lung. 5 cm. Are all masses cancer or could be something can live with. I'm not smoker but have bad asthma and high wbc 24000?

I have mass in my left lung. 5 cm. Are all masses cancer or could be something can live with. I'm not smoker but have bad asthma and high wbc 24000?

Could be other: With your history and age, the possibility of some fungus or other infectious process is a good possibility. Not all masses are cancer and even if this were to be such you are not doomed. Whatever it is, you need to diagnose what the mass represents and treat it. See a pulmonary specialist ASAP as infectious masses can be as problematic as cancer masses. Not getting a diagnosis is the bad thing. ...Read more

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What will happen when I get pregnant once if I have pulmonary hypertension 42mmHg, mildly dilated left atrium, had constant HTN before, &asthma history?

What will happen when I get pregnant once if I have pulmonary hypertension 42mmHg, mildly dilated left atrium, had constant HTN before, &asthma history?

You would be: Considered very high risk, with pregnancy and the other conditions. Recommend seeing a maternal fetal medicine subspecialist, prior to pregnancy to get best review of your risks ...Read more