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Why does adults suddenly get Asthma, when they had no history at all before the one set?

Why does adults suddenly get Asthma, when they had no history at all before the one set?

Various reasons: It is quite common. Heredity, allergies, foods ( such as azidocarbamide in bread products), environmental toxins all contribute to the development of asthma ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Is a bronchospasm possible in someone without asthma or a respiratory disease? A single cough sets me off, and not even a forceful one!

Bronchospasm : Bronchospasm is possible at any time and for any reason. However, not all wheezing equates to bronchospasm. There are multiple reasons to produce the familiar whistling sound- chest auscultation is a must. Having said that, undiagnosed underlying reactive airway disease is certainly possible especially in your age group. Would suggest specialty evaluation after you see your primary doctor. ...Read more

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How can I help my aunt distinguish b/t an asthma attack & an anxiety attack? She has lots of stress right now. I think anxiety sets off her asthma.

How can I help my aunt distinguish b/t an asthma attack & an anxiety attack? She has lots of stress right now. I think anxiety sets off her asthma.

Help herself: You sound very connected to your aunt. From what you list, she is seeing a doctor for her asthma, help her get to those appointments. Ask her current doctors if psychotherapy would help. Let her know that during times of high stress therapy can be very helpful and it doesn't mean she is crazy. Best to both of you. ...Read more

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What temperature should I have my thermostat at for air conditioning during the summer for child with asthma?

What temperature should I have my thermostat at for air conditioning during the summer for child with asthma?

Comfortable: Whatever temperature everyone is comfortable at (65-75 usually). Asthma can be triggered by cold, dry air ... But also by dust and mold. Keep your system's filter clean and dust free. ...Read more

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Do freezing temperatures make it better or worse for an asthma patient?

Do freezing temperatures make it better or worse for an asthma patient?

Depends: Asthma attacks are triggered by cold air in some patients. Others who may be sensitive to pollen would have an easier time with no plants in bloom. ...Read more

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What temperature do I keep my house in the winter with a child with asthma?

What temperature do I keep my house in the winter with a child with asthma?

Comfortable: Your child usually will not have a problem because of the temperature in the house. Keep it where you are comfortable. ...Read more

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Can as asthmatic's body react to a pressure change or temperature drop outdoors?

Can as asthmatic's body react to a pressure change or temperature drop outdoors?

Yes: Many asthmatics can tell when fronts are moving through as their symptoms increase. And yes they can react to barometric pressure shifts as well. ...Read more

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Can as asthmatic's body react to a pressure change or temperature drop without problem?

Can as asthmatic's body react to a pressure change or temperature drop without problem?

In control or not?: If asthma is controlled then lower atmospheric pressure, as in going to the mountains, should have no adverse effect even though there is less oxygen at higher altitude. On the other hand, cold air is a major trigger of asthma. Increased pressure, as in scuba diving, is dangerous for persons with asthma, uncontrolled or controlled, & may result in spontaneous lung collapse called a pneumothorax. ...Read more

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How big a temperature change is needed to initiate asthma symptoms?

How big a temperature change is needed to initiate asthma symptoms?

Asthma: Asthmatic symptoms may be triggered by a drop in air temperature or a change in humidity as well, but there is no set limit or threshold when these symptoms occur owing to differences in different asthmatic patients. ...Read more

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I've been getting asthma lately from the change of temperature, when i coughn my right lung hurt can u tell me what is wrong?

I've been getting asthma lately from the change of temperature, when i coughn my right lung hurt can u tell me what is wrong?

Poor control: This is due to airway inflammation. Cold air is a trigger for the airways to go into spasm in poorly controlled asthma. You should be on a controller inhaler medication, usually an inhaled corticosteroid. ...Read more

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Can my asthma be severe even with normal pulmonary function tests? Can my asthma give an elevated temperature?

Can my asthma be severe even with normal pulmonary function tests?  Can my asthma give an elevated temperature?

Yes and No: When asthma is controlled, there should be normal lung function tests. Even individuals with mild asthma can have severe attacks (with decreased lung function) and even die from asthma. During an asthma attack, fever is not a typical finding unless an infection such as a virus is the trigger. Other causes of asthma attacks are allergies, exercise, smoke/irritants, and sinus infections. ...Read more

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My 4 year old asthmatic son's temperature has been 38°C and his heart is beating fast. I undressed him and put a cold wash cloth. What else can i do?

My 4 year old asthmatic son's temperature has been 38°C and his heart is beating fast. I undressed him and put a cold wash cloth. What else can i do?

Ibuprofen/dress him: Adding ibuprofen to his treatment every 6-8 hours would be a start if he is uncomfortable. I would put his clothes back on. The bodies skin sensors are likely to drive the temperature up rather than down if he is undressed. Feeding him chilled fluids would be more effective in lowering fever. Expect a rapid heart rate with fever. ...Read more

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I went to the Doctor for wheezing and what started to sound like heavy congestion in my chest - I've never been diagnosed with asthma, No temperature ?

I went to the Doctor for wheezing and what started to sound like heavy congestion in my chest - I've never been diagnosed with asthma,
No temperature ?

Bronchitis: You may have a bronchial infection and when there is associated wheezing it is called asthmatic bronchitis which is treated with antibiotics as well as asthma medications like bronchodilator inhalers and often corticosteroid inhaled or given by mouth. People who never had asthma can develop asthmatic bronchitis and may or may not ever get it again. ...Read more

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Can vocal cord dysfunction be worse in cold temperatures? I get tightness in throat when i walk lately. It does not respond to asthma inhalers.

Can vocal cord dysfunction be worse in cold temperatures? I get tightness in throat when i walk lately. It does not respond to asthma inhalers.

Yes: There are many triggers for vocal cord dysfunction (vcd). Stress, cold air, anxiety and even gastroesophageal reflux can trigger vcd. As mentioned, vcd does not respond to asthma medications, but it does respond to breathing relaxation techniques that can be learned from your allergist, ENT or speech pathologist. ...Read more

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I am a 41 year old female with asthma and migraine. I havea temperature of 95.3, runny nose, stuffy nose at night and a hard dry cough with a sore throat. What should I do?

I am a 41 year old female with asthma and migraine. I havea temperature of 95.3, runny nose, stuffy nose at night and a hard dry cough with a sore throat. What should I do?

Doctor can evaluate: A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if there is a cold (viral infection), a strep throat (bacterial and would need antibiotics), a sinus infection, allergies in the nose and sinuses, wheezing in the lungs (would need more asthma treatment), sinus symptoms related to migraines, etc... Since one can have one or more of these issues at the same time, a doctor's visit(s) is recommended. ...Read more

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Below what temperature does hypothermia set in?

Below what temperature does hypothermia set in?

Various definitions: Below 97 or 96.5 rectally according to some sources. ...Read more

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What is the ideal temperature for a hot tub? My thermostate runs from 82-104. My friend says it should be set at 104 for to keep it clean, but i think that's danagerous for my health. Please clarify this matter for us.

What is the ideal temperature for a hot tub? My thermostate runs from 82-104.  My friend says it should be set at 104 for to keep it clean, but i think that's danagerous for my health.  Please clarify this matter for us.

The : The thermostat you are running it at is appropriate. Too warm can cause patients to feel light--headed or pass out. Warm water can grow bacteria, but typical cleaning/chlorine that you perform for hot tub maintenance will take care of that. ...Read more