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How do I know if my child is suffereing from bronchitis or asthma?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: More on asthma

Wheezing that is caused by airway constriction can usually be improved by the use of a "rescue" medications such as albuterol.
Sometimes albuterol is used for both bronchiolitis and asthma. Asthma causes wheezing when a person expires (blows out), wheezing that occurs with inspiration only may suggest upper airway swelling from viral croup or acid reflux problems.

In brief: More on asthma

Wheezing that is caused by airway constriction can usually be improved by the use of a "rescue" medications such as albuterol.
Sometimes albuterol is used for both bronchiolitis and asthma. Asthma causes wheezing when a person expires (blows out), wheezing that occurs with inspiration only may suggest upper airway swelling from viral croup or acid reflux problems.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Difficult problem

Asthma is caused by narrowing of the airways (bronchioles).
This can occur as the result of airway swelling or airway muscle constriction. Both factors can be involved when when a child wheezes. Viral bronchiolitis is a common cause of wheezing in young kids but may not truely be asthma. Asthma can be triggered by multiple factors: allergy, infections, cold air, exercise, chemical exposures etc.

In brief: Difficult problem

Asthma is caused by narrowing of the airways (bronchioles).
This can occur as the result of airway swelling or airway muscle constriction. Both factors can be involved when when a child wheezes. Viral bronchiolitis is a common cause of wheezing in young kids but may not truely be asthma. Asthma can be triggered by multiple factors: allergy, infections, cold air, exercise, chemical exposures etc.
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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