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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

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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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