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What is nocturnal asthma?

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 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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What are the symptoms of nocturnal asthma?

What are the symptoms of nocturnal asthma?

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 more

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Why is my asthma worst at night?

Why is my asthma worst at night?

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

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How is it that I should take singular at night for asthma?

How is it that I should take singular at night for asthma?

Control: Singular is often used with an inhaled controller to further improve control. Could be that your night time attacks are problematic and this is an attempt by your physician to reduce them . Stick with it and see how it works. ...Read more

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How do I get my child to stop coughing at night from his asthma?

How do I get my child to stop coughing at night from his asthma?

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 more

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Why does my asthma flare up at night and get worse when i lay down?

Why does my asthma flare up at night and get worse when i lay down?

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

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Tips on how to keep asthma at bay and prevent so many attacks especially at night.?

Tips on how to keep asthma at bay and prevent so many attacks especially at night.?

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

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Advice on how to keep asthma at bay and prevent so many attacks especially at night?

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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My cough is especially worse at night. Could this be symptoms of asthma; i'm a nonsmoker?

My cough is especially worse at night.  Could this be symptoms of asthma; i'm a nonsmoker?

Yes: Coughing can always be a symptom of asthma, specially if it wakes you up in the middle of the night, even as a nonsmoker. ...Read more

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Nocturnal (Definition)

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