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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 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 1 more doctor answer
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?
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