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What does it mean to have a cough asthma? How is that different from asthma?

What does it mean to have a cough asthma? How is that different from asthma?

Cough variant asthma: Cough variant asthma is commonly a mild form of asthma. The hallmark of traditional asthma is a whistling noise with breathing known as a wheeze. In cough variant, there is less frequently a wheeze and more commonly a cough. The common medicines for asthma usually treat it. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

What does it mean to have a whooping cough? Is this a lung problem?

It's an infection.: Whooping cough is a highly contagious bacterial disease that causes uncontrollable, violent coughing. the coughing can make it difficult to breathe.  a deep "whooping" sound is often heard when the patient tries to take a breath. It is an upper respiratory infection caused by the bordetella pertussis or bordetella parapertussis bacteria. It can be prevented by vaccine. ...Read more

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What is it like to have asthma?

What is it like to have asthma?

Many symptoms: Asthma is a narrowing of the small airways called bronchioles, due to allergen, viral infection, exercise, temperature changes, etc. Usually starts with dry cough, which becomes frequent and repetitive followed by wheezing, shortness of breath and then increased work of breathing. These symptoms often worsen until treated. Sometimes they occur rapidly within a few minutes or can take few days. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a lot of phlegm?

What does it mean to have a lot of phlegm?

Some infection: If one has a respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, throat, or the lungs, the damaged cells lining the inside of those areas will ooze some mucus, which is clear but can have some color. If lots of white blood cells, plus dead/dying germs and respiratory lining cells, get mixed in with mucus, one has phlegm. If one drinks adequate water, both phlegm & mucus should get more and looser. ...Read more

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How to identify that it is asthma already? I have gerd.

How to identify that it is asthma already? I have gerd.

Asthma: IF you have been coughing, feel tightness in the chest, breathing faster, then you may be wheezing. You do not have these symptoms and have been just coughing then you may try Albuterol inhaler. If your cough resolves and breathing gets better then you may have cough variant asthma or wheezing. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what exactly is COPD the disease and how is it different to asthma?

Can you please tell me what exactly is COPD the disease and how is it different to asthma?

"obstruction": Both COPD and asthma are "obstructive" diseases - meaning that they make it hard to move air in and out of the lungs. COPD patients can have chronic bronchitis which is inflammation in the airways and/or emphysema which is disruption of the lung tissue due to smoking. COPD is almost always related to smoking. Asthma results from chronic airway inflammation - may be genetic or allergic. ...Read more

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Sure, i've heard of pulmonary fibrosis. But now that my child may have it, I want to know what it really does to the body.?

Sure, i've heard of pulmonary fibrosis. But now that my child may have it, I want to know what it really does to the body.?

Depends: On the cause of the fibrosis; may processes causes lung scarring (fibrosis). Some are well understood (e.g. Asbestos) and others are under investigation but not yet clearly understood (ipf/uip or so called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis). Each cause of fibrosis has a different outcome, and some have treatments while others do not (other than transplant). ...Read more

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Does wheezing mean CHF is getting worse? I have asthma also and didn't know if it was my asthma or CHF. Is there a connection between the 2?

Does wheezing mean CHF is getting worse? I have asthma also and didn't know if it was my asthma or CHF. Is there a connection between the 2?

Wheezing: Both conditions may be associated with wheezing, but asthma is associated with significant improvement with Albuterol. CHF may result in accumulation of fluid in and around the airways, resulting in wheezing. ...Read more

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What does it mean for a hyperaerated lung to press on the abdomen, is it dangerous for person to refuse an inhaler meant for an exercise induce asthma?

What does it mean for a hyperaerated lung to press on the abdomen, is it dangerous for person to refuse an inhaler meant for an exercise induce asthma?

Air can't get out: With asthma, patients get "hyperareated lungs", meaning there is much air trapped in the lungs because the patients cannot easily breathe out the air. It is dangerous when there is way too much air trapped in the lungs. It is not dangerous when the asthma is mild, but sometimes the mild asthma can turn into dangerous asthma over a few hours. We use the same inhalers for different types of asthma. ...Read more

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What could it mean if there is a wheeze on oonly one side of lung, which does not improve with ventolin, pf is completely normal, lung is also rattlin?

What could it mean if there is a wheeze on oonly one side of lung, which does not improve with ventolin, pf is completely normal, lung is also rattlin?

Needs evaluation: Do you have infection...Fever, cough...Sputum, what color? Blood count? Why are you on ventolin? Do you have asthma? You say that pulmonary functions (pf) are normal? Might need repeating pf? Are you a smoker? Are you taking other drugs...Bcp ? Need arterial blood gas, chest x-ray and/or ct scan ?Consult your doctor. Thank you. ...Read more

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How to know if this is a chest infection or my asthma?

How to know if this is a chest infection or my asthma?

Fever: Often a chest infection (pneumonia) will also present with fever (not always), so that may be a factor that differentiates the two. It is always good to talk to physician who will examine you. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a lung ready to collaspe, or does it just happen?

What are the symptoms of a lung ready to collaspe, or does it just happen?

Just happens: There are no symptoms to an impending lung collapse; the question becomes why does the lung collapse in the first place? That root cause may have associated symptoms. ...Read more

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If someone is told that there heart is only working at 5% what does this mean and what can happen to the person if this is so?

If someone is told that there heart is only working at 5% what does this mean and what can happen to the person if this is so?

Weak heart.: A heart that's pumping at 5% (normal would be 55-65%) would really at an end-stage of what we'd call congestive heart failure. That person would generally be short of breath with even the slightest bit of activity. ...Read more

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How do you know when a cough is asthmatic and not due to inhalants?

How do you know when a cough is asthmatic and not due to inhalants?

Can't tell : Cough can be due to any irritation along the respiratory tree. So both inhalants and asthmatic attack can br associated with a cough. ...Read more

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What can I do if my breathing treatment for asthma caused me to get a bloody nose is this normal?

What can I do if my breathing treatment for asthma caused me to get a bloody nose is this normal?

Not common: Some people taking albuterol may experience side effects such as a sore or dry throat, this dryness may lead to nose bleed. ...Read more

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How can someone contract tuberculosis and what does it do to that person? Why is it considered a 'lung disease'?

How can someone contract tuberculosis and what does it do to that person? Why is it considered a 'lung disease'?

Inhaled infection: Tb generally enters the body by inhalation of droplets that were coughed out by an infected person around you. Once you inhale the droplets containing TB bug, it starts to multiply in your lungs & causes infection. It can also spread to lymph nodes & via bloodstream to other organs in the body but majority of infections are limited to lungs (hence considered a lung disease). ...Read more

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Anyone knows what it means to have a chronic cough, headaches all the time, not much fever and nose isnt runny?

Anyone knows what it means to have a chronic cough, headaches all the time, not much fever and nose isnt runny?

It means you're sick: You have something causing those symptoms, ...Could be allergy mediated post nasal drip with a active/chronic sinusitis causing a cough and a headache, but this is a guess over the computer. See a dr. To get more than a guess. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways, caused ...Read more