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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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Asthma and hives - should I be carrying an epipen (epinephrine)? React to mold and get hive.

Peace of mind?: Epi pens are usually kept by people who have had an anaphylactic reaction to an allergen (life threatening situation). This is something you should discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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Would it be dangerous to use an epipen (epinephrine) on my 70 lb kid after nebulized albuterol? She has asthma or reactive airway (not sure) & peanut & nut allergy.

Would it be dangerous to use an epipen (epinephrine) on my 70 lb kid after nebulized albuterol? She has asthma or reactive airway (not sure) & peanut & nut allergy.

Use for anaphylaxis: Epinephrine is used for anaphylaxis. If one is having anaphylaxis then use of injectable Epinephrine is indicated. If the patient is wheezing then albuterol can used as well. If epi is used 911 must be called. ...Read more

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I have severe shellfish allergy. I never had Anaphylaxis but I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine). Will an EpiPen (epinephrine) reverse throat swelling? I have Asthma as well.

I have severe shellfish allergy. I never had Anaphylaxis but I carry an EpiPen (epinephrine). Will an EpiPen (epinephrine) reverse throat swelling? I have Asthma as well.

Yes it would: Epipen (epinephrine) would help open the blocked airway, that's what it's meant for besides dilating the air passages in the lungs and elevating the blood pressure in case of anaphylaxis ...Read more

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Will an epi-pen be used for an asthma attack?

Not Really: This is for severe allergic asthma attack with anaphylactic shock . For routine asthma attack not really. ...Read more

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Can a epi pen help during an asthma attack?

Can a epi pen help during an asthma attack?

Depends: Epi pens are used in people who experience severe allergic reactions. The source of the allergy is not really important. If the asthma attack is the direct result of the allergic reaction it may be beneficial. However, "epi" is a non-specific "agonist" whereas your rescue inhaler is specific for the receptors in your lungs and would probably work better with fewer side effects. ...Read more

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Why don't you give epi-pen for acute asthma attack?

Why don't you give epi-pen for acute asthma attack?

Different use: Epi pens are used in people with severe, lifethreatening allergic reactions. Epinephrine is also a non-specific drug in that it stimulates different areas of the body so that side effects are very common anad sometimes dangerous. The rescue inhalers like albuterol are specific for the "receptors" in the lungs and so have little side effects outside that area. ...Read more

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Will an epi pen help during a severe asthma attack until I can get medical care?

Will an epi pen help during a severe asthma attack until I can get medical care?

Yes: Epinephrine is old school - that's the way asthma was treated 30 years ago when access to nebulized bronchodilators like albuterol was limited. Another thing you can do in a severe asthma attack while waiting for help to arrive is to take an additional 2 to 4 puffs of your rescue inhaler. Either of these emergency actions will buy time but you need to get to the er or your doctor's office now! ...Read more

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Do most kids outgrow asthma?

Do most kids outgrow asthma?

No: Outgrowing asthma is a slightly controversial topic; while some adults who had asthma as a child do not have symptoms as an adult, objective measurements of lung function often find problems in these individuals. It is not clear if there is truly a lessening of the disease, a decrease in activity, or tolerance (or some combination of all three) that leads to the phenomina. ...Read more

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How can my asthma get worse?

If off meds: Asthma can worsen when off meds, if exposed to allergens to which you are allergic, exposure to cold dry air or sometimes exercise, as well as being infected with the common cold. ...Read more

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Do ozone pools cause asthma?

Do ozone pools cause asthma?

Probably not: Unlike pool chlorine which is a known trigger for asthmatics, at this time ozone has not been reported to cause any triggers. Interestingly, many highly trained, olympic level swimmers do suffer from asthma which has been related to constant exposure to pool chlorine. Ozone appears to be a safer, though more expensive alternative. ...Read more

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How can I cure asthma forever.

How can I cure asthma forever.

You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read more

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Can asthma reduce your height?

Can asthma reduce your height?

Rarely: In kids that have ICU quality asthma & take oral steroids to survive/recover, there is evidence that long term use will reduce finalheight.These kids are often in the ICU before they are a year of age and hospitalized repeatedly.This is a fraction (<3%) of those with asthma.For your average asthma patient that follows a standard treatment plan, this is not a problem. ...Read more

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Sweet corn can trigger asthma?

Sweet corn can trigger asthma?

Possibly: Though allergies are a common trigger for asthma attacks, food allergies are not as commonly linked as inhaled allergens like animal dander or pollution. Often, people with allergies are allergic to more than 1 allergen. Perhaps this is you case and investigating other possibilities with your physician cam be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can singing improve asthma?

Not really: Singing can help strengthen the breathing muscles to increase your stamina, but it doesn't do anything about the airway inflammation that is the real problem in asthma. ...Read more

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How can exercise trigger asthma?

How can exercise trigger asthma?

More demand: The simplest way to put it is that there is more demand on the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide during exercise. That requires faster and deeper respirations and may strain all parts of the lungs. ...Read more

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Best medication to treat asthma.

Best medication to treat asthma.

Inhaled Steroids: Inhaled steroids are the first meds to add after a rescue inhaler like salmeterol. Best to see a specialist. ...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 do you define severe asthma?

Severe asthma: Depends on clinical symptoms, number of exacerbations in a month and monitoring of lung function via a spirometer. A pulmonologist and /or allergist can treat it and follow it closely and keep it under control. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my asthma?

See Doctor: See your doctor.Determine the proper diagnosis.Construct a therapeutic plan for the problem.And allow you body to hopefully heal and resolve the problem.The longer you have asthma, the more lung damage may occur and the harder healing may be. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow out asthma?

Is it possible to grow out asthma?

Define asthma: Most wheezing in early childhood is related to infections but often treated the same as asthma. A good 2/3rds of these will grow out of this wheezing tendency by school age. I do not call this asthma. For those with genetically linked asthma, some of the worst will be symptomatic in childhood, but it may emerge when older. True asthma is always there but you can symptom free for extended periods. ...Read more

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How do I better control my asthma?

How do I better control my asthma?

Great question!: Asthma control is achieved through recognizing the severity of asthma so the appropriate amount of medication (good inhaler technique) can be used. Also, avoiding asthma triggers (smoke, pollen, etc), following a written asthma action plan when symptoms occur to react early. Having lung function checked by spirometry and exhaled Nitric Oxide if available as well. Influenza vaccine each fall. ...Read more

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How can you deal with your asthma?

Asthma: Treating asthma needs a comprehensive approach to determine its triggers and its severity. Consult an allergist, they can help you come up with a good action plan to treat it. ...Read more

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If asthma goes away, can it return?

If asthma goes away, can it return?

Lifelong issue: True asthma is understood today as a genetically linked issue that stays with you through life. For many it will go through phases of increased or decreased symptoms based on illness, triggers, growth, and environmental exposures. Many adults have reached a stable state where minimal maintainance meds or efforts are needed, but may have a return of symptoms at any time.Be ready if problems return. ...Read more

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What can I do to control my asthma?

What can I do to control my asthma?

CONTROLLER MEDS: In my opinion Controller meds which include inhaled Steroids with long acting Bronchodilaters also inhaled in combinations if taken correctly work best and sometimes one can add Montelucast(Singular) to that to control Asthma and reduce the incidents of acute attacks and exacerbations to minimum
For acute attacks reliever meds like Albuterol or Levalbuteral are used with oral steroids sometimes ...Read more

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How can exercise affect my asthma?

Depends: Some patients have exercise-induced asthma (eia) which is triggered primarily by exercise. This can often be treated with an inhaled medication just prior to exercise. Other folks with more classic asthma may or may not notice worsening in symptoms with exercise. ...Read more

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What is good to help control asthma?

What is good to help control asthma?

Inhaled steroids: Once persistent asthma has been disgnosed, the primary controller is an inhale steroid. This can reduce your need for a rescue inhaler (alberterol) as well as reduce your visits to emergency depts. ...Read more

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What can I take to reduce my asthma?

What can I take to reduce my asthma?

Visit allergist: An allergist or pulmonologist can assess your asthma, perform pfts, measure feno and determine what controller medications you need to minimize your risk of asthma attack (that can be fatal) and your risk of accelerated loss of lung function due to untreated or under-treated inflammation in your lungs. Controller medications are usually inhaled steroids but there are other helpful medications too. ...Read more

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Can chocolate makes my asthma worse?

Can chocolate makes my asthma worse?

Unlikely: Foods including chocolate are an uncommon trigger for asthma in adults. Very young children may have asthma triggered by foods. Foods that trigger ge (acid) reflux may then aggravate asthma. Chocolate allergy is pretty unusual with most symptoms related to milk, nut or peanut allergy. ...Read more

Epipen (Definition)

Epinephrine is a rhythm control agent which is a ...Read more