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Im a 30 year old police officer who has really bad asthma. Seems like meds arent even helping. Help?
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 doctors agree
In brief: More info needed
If asthma has been bad past week or two & you've had a cold or flu perhaps you have an acute exacerbation needing oral Prednisone for 5 days.
If you & your doctor are having trouble controlling ongoing asthma think about contributing causes like reflux or chronic sinusitis. If despite all efforts asthma is refractory to treatment oxalizumab (xolair) could be a consideration for you.

In brief: More info needed
If asthma has been bad past week or two & you've had a cold or flu perhaps you have an acute exacerbation needing oral Prednisone for 5 days.
If you & your doctor are having trouble controlling ongoing asthma think about contributing causes like reflux or chronic sinusitis. If despite all efforts asthma is refractory to treatment oxalizumab (xolair) could be a consideration for you.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Katharine Garnier
I agree, if you and your doctor are having trouble controlling your asthma on a regular basis, you might need either an allergist or asthma specialist to help. There are sometimes environmental things you can do to help also. The suggestions to consider reflux or chronic sinus infection is a good one,they can both contribute to difficult to control asthma. Xolair might help if it is allergy based
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
If the asthma came on during adulthood you should also consider an enzyme deficiency called alpha 1 antitrypsin
Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: See Your Doctor
If your asthma is not controlled on your current medication then it may not be the right regimen.
And/or... You could have an undiagnosed allergy or environmental irritant that is driving your asthma out of control. The important thing is to see your doctor and check your meds you might need a controller med like singulair, (montelukast) steroid +/- laba inhaler etc to get better control.

In brief: See Your Doctor
If your asthma is not controlled on your current medication then it may not be the right regimen.
And/or... You could have an undiagnosed allergy or environmental irritant that is driving your asthma out of control. The important thing is to see your doctor and check your meds you might need a controller med like singulair, (montelukast) steroid +/- laba inhaler etc to get better control.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Triggers?
Are you around anything on a regular basis that is triggering your asthma? Perhaps you need to have allergy testing to see what your triggers may be.
See your doctor because there are plenty of asthma meds so perhaps you need different meds than your current ones. If you smoke, quit today!

In brief: Triggers?
Are you around anything on a regular basis that is triggering your asthma? Perhaps you need to have allergy testing to see what your triggers may be.
See your doctor because there are plenty of asthma meds so perhaps you need different meds than your current ones. If you smoke, quit today!
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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