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What Is Nocturnal Asthma
Night...: Nocturnal refers to night time. So, nocturnal asthma is present when an asthmatic awakens from sleep with asthma sxs like shortness of breath, cough, etc. There are medications that can be given to try to prevent this from happening. Keep track of how often this happens, what time the awakenings occur, exact sxs present, etc so your doctor can prescribe an effective regimen for you. ...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
Nocturnal asthma...: Nocturnal asthma means the person has symptoms of asthma at night. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, etc. These symptoms can have an acute onset and can awaken the person from sleep or can interfere with falling asleep so the person cannot fall asleep. This can be treated so see your doctor if you are having these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Circadian rhythm: Everyone has a natural circadian rhythm that controls your sleep/wake cycle. At night your cortisol (stress hormone) levels fall causing you to be tired and sleep. This drop also causes a change in the physiology of your body resulting in a number of changes including worsening of diseases sensitive to cortisol. Asthma is one such disease. ...Read more
Controller meds: Nighttime coughing is a common symptom of uncontrolled asthma. If your child has house dust mite allergy encase pillow, mattress & comforter in miteproof covers. If pet allergic banish the animal from the house. Consider a hepa filter for allergy control but avoid humidifiers. The latter increases mold and dust mite. Use inhaled corticosteroids or singulair (montelukast) daily to control airway inflammation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many things: Many asthmatics have worse symptoms at night. One simple possibility that your bedroom contains a "trigger" that causes the attacks. Rugs, stuffed animals, etc can be full of dust mites (as can be your mattress) as well as animal dander. Try moving these thing out or cover with with a plastic barrier (especially your mattress). If you are taking meds, their timing and strength may need adjustment. ...Read more
Asthma control: Night-time asthma that occurs more than twice a month indicates the asthma is not controlled based on national guidelines. An asthma specialist can assist in developing a treatment plan (avoidance of allergens/irritants), medications (quick-relief, controller) and possibly allergy injections (if allergic asthma) to keep that asthma at bay and allow a good nights sleep! ...Read more
Asthma: It seems your asthma is not controlled well, you need a maintenance inhaler. If you have not seen an allergist or pulmonologist, you need to see one sooner than later. Don't leave your asthma uncontrolled, nocturnal symptoms tend to be severe and creep up on you and land you in the er before you know it. ...Read more
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