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What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

What function of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

Breathing: Asthma causes inflammation and spasm of the small to medium-sized air tubes. This will affect breathing and lead to symptoms such as: shortness of breath, cough, wheeze, & chest tightness. ...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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Asthma might lead to some problems. How does the respiratory system work with scuba diving?

Asthma might lead to some problems. How does the respiratory system work with scuba diving?

Asthma will be prob.: The diving medical community is divided on the question of asthmatics diving. The uk, which has the most permissive guidelines, allows people with well-controlled asthma, who meet several additional criteria, to dive under certain circumstances. In australia, it is essentially forbidden for asthmatics to dive. You should consult a diving medicine specialist in your area for specific details. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why asthma is an obstructive respiratory defect?

Obstruction: Asthma is considered an obstructive lung disease because the main problem that it causes is getting air out of the lungs. ...Read more

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I have never had any respiratory issues before (also not as a child). is it possible for me to just suddenly develop asthma?

I have never had any respiratory issues before (also not as a child). is it possible for me to just suddenly develop asthma?

Yes: You can develop asthma at any age. See your doctor to make sure that that is the problem, rather than something else such as pneumonia or COPD. ...Read more

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Is asthma a respiratory disease?

Yes: Asthma is hyperactive airways, or reactive airways, which causes constriction and inflammation in the airways from a certain trigger, such as an allergen or infection, etc. ...Read more

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How might the respiratory volumes on the spirogram be affected by asthma?

How might the respiratory volumes on the spirogram be affected by asthma?

FEV1 decrease: The primary marker is a decrease in the FEV1. This typically reverses by at least 12% following administration of albuterol (a bronchodilator). ...Read more

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Which kind of doctor should I see for asthma/respiratory issues?

Which kind of doctor should I see for asthma/respiratory issues?

Allergist: A board certified allergist - for a list in your area see www.Aaaai.Org and click on find an allergist. ...Read more

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Respiratory infection or asthma, what's the difference?

Respiratory infection or asthma, what's the difference?

Big differences: A respiratory infection is an acute , infection that generally improves with antibiotic therapy. Asthma is a chronic condition. Attacks are usual brought on by "triggers" like animal dander, dust mites, cold air, etc. If you suspect asthma, get checked by your physician and treated if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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What happens to your respiratory rate during an asthma attack?

What happens to your respiratory rate during an asthma attack?

Increases: Early in an asthma attack, the respiratory rate typically increases. However, if the asthma is not treated effectively and the person begins to develop respiratory failure, breathing may become very shallow and even stop. ...Read more

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Can having broken ribs lead to respiratory failure from asthma?

Can having broken ribs lead to respiratory failure from asthma?

Indirectly...: Fractured rib can lead to shallow breathing due to pain which can lead to retained secretions. The retained secretions can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. The bronchitis or pneumonia can lead to an asthma exacerbation that can result in respiratory failure. This would be a relatively rare but theoretically possible sequence of events prevented by deep breathing and secretion clearance. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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Respiratory System (Definition)

The respiratory system consists of all organs in the body related to breathing including the nose, mouth, trachea and lungs. All four of these are ...Read more


Dr. Sheila Smith
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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more