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Difference between Asthma and bronchitis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   what's the difference between asthma and bronchitis?

Doctor :   Sure
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I will explain you
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Bronchitis is a condtion wherein there is inflammation of the bronchus
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In asthma also it happens
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But Asthma it is due to an allergic cause
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It is a result of an Allergic reaction
Doctor :   Are you getting it?
User :   no, it's a family member
User :   how are these conditions different from COPD?
Doctor :   No I meant whether you understood what I am saying?

User :   yes, I do. thanks.
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ASthma is also called as Allergic Bronchitis
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So it is the same
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In bronchitis is both acute and chronic, could be due to infection as well
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   what is COPD and how is it different?
Doctor :   COPD is also Chronic Bronchitis
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Bronchitis is a generalized term
Doctor :   COPD is a chronic bronchitis

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Chronic bronchitis is a seasonal disorder
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Bronchial Asthma is an allergic disorder
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Chronic bronchitis comes in seasons while asthma comes on exposure to allergen
User :   My mother was prescribed Spiriva, is that an appropriate treatment?
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It is used to provide symptomatic relief
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by relaxing the respiratory pathway
User :   Would you recommend a LABA/LAMA treatment over ICS/LABA?
Doctor :   Could you expand it?

User :   what do you mean?
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Meaning, what you want to ask regarding that?
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Like efficacacy wise?
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Both are used for bronchodilatation
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Even Spiriva is fine
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If she is not improving with that then you can think of other options
User :   yes, efficacy and safety
User :   I was told that LABA/LAMA is the best treatment, is this true?
Doctor :   Both are equally good

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and newer forms of treatment
User :   are they better in combination?
Doctor :   Yes, combination will always be better

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As it will have synergistic effect
User :   what does that mean?
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Meaning if both are used in combination it becomes like 2+2>4
User :   ok thanks.
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and not just additive like 2+2=4
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Synergistic effect is more than addition
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?

User :   that's it, thank you. just one more question: where are you writing from?
Doctor :   I am from Bangalore, India
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User :   are you allowed to diagnose over the web?
Doctor :   We do give a Provisional diagnosis
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But not a confirmatory one
User :   Ok, thank you and have a nice day.
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