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Symptoms of bronchial asthma and tests to confirm it - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi Doctor
What are the symptoms of veezing?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   Do you mean wheezing?
User :   Yes
User :   My daughter is 8 months old. She is suffering from cold from past 7 days and now she has cough. Doctor said it could be the symptomps of wheezing.
Doctor :   Wheezing is a symptoms by itself. In simple terms it refers the sound produced while one has breathing difficulties - seen commonly in bronchial asthma.
Doctor :   Your doctor may have meant that your kid is probably having asthma.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   Last night she was feeling difficulty in breeting but once i used rhine drops she felt better and slept
User :   This is her first check up.
Doctor :   As explained wheezing is a clinical signs which occurs in commonly in bronchial asthma, however any obstruction can produce this.
Doctor :   This is not of serious concern, if her oxygen saturations are not affected severely.
Doctor :   Hence you need not worry.
User :   How do I confirm?
Doctor :   Oxygen saturations are findings noted with pulse oximeters, which are one of the instruments in a hospital. Let me suggest you a few symptoms that you need to watch out for
Doctor :   Watch out for symptoms like chest indrawing, rapid breathing (breathing cycle of more than 30-40 breathes per minute),
Doctor :   sound produced while breathing,
Doctor :   fever, drowsiness and so on.
Doctor :   If you notice such symptoms, you need to report to your doctor or to the emergency room.
Doctor :   In the mean time, follow the treatment suggested by your doctors,
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Ok Thanks. My doctor has sujjested Salbid syrup and Omnacortil for 5 days.
Doctor :   Both these are good drugs for wheeze/asthma.
User :   Sometime back i felt her sound while breathing at sleep. A normal sound.
Doctor :   Apart from this avoid exposure to cold weather and dust.
Doctor :   These can aggravate or precipitate wheeze.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   I didnot catch you?
User :   Meaning of precipitate wheeze?
Doctor :   I mean cold weather and dust can aggravate symptoms of wheezing.
Doctor :   Hence you may have to avoid your kid from getting exposed to such circumstances.
User :   Ok. So nothing to worry as of now? Right.
Doctor :   Use good precautions to keep warm during cold weather and avoid dust.
Doctor :   Yes, the present situation is not of serious concern, but watch out for the symptoms I had mentioned.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes doctor thanks.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   Yes
Doctor :   Proceed.
User :   Is it always a problem to be exposed to the outer world?
User :   I mean if it is confirmed that it is not wheezing.
Doctor :   As mentioned earlier, wheezing is a clinical sign and not a disease.
Doctor :   It is seen in any condition where there is obstruction to the breathing.
User :   What are the problems a wheezing patient faces and do we have a permanent cure for this
Doctor :   A short episode of wheezing do not cause major problems,
Doctor :   however a long one which is affecting the oxygen saturations can cause problems such as exhaustion, slow fatiguability of breathing assisting muscles, and slowly respiratory failure.
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