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What causes shortness of breath in a person with asthma?

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Posted on Fri, 13 May 2016
Question: I had mild asthma for about 10 year only took pro air if needed most of the time 1 or 2 times a month .Sometimes less than that. In December of 2015 all became very short of breath on a Friday evening and by that Sunday morning I was at the Er . I spent 5 days in observation and 2 more in regular room. I was coughing up a lot of stuff . Been seeing a lung doctor since I was dismissed from hospital . I am on 2 different allergy medicines 2 inhalers and nebulizer 4 to 6 times a day. When I was in the hospital I was told that I had a lot of cystallization and 2 small spots on my lungs I don't smoke quit 8 years ago. Had new ct this week. However I am still.having shortness of breath and trouble breathing daily and wheezing ..what can I expect going forward it has now been 3 months since hospitals I don't feel like there has been much improvement breathing in the last few weeks it feels like I felt a few days before I went to hospital . I worry about COPD my mom had it and lung cancer also loss my uncle 2 months later to lung cancer he didn't smoke either just a little scared of what they may tell me anything you can tell me would be appreciated
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Possibility of COPD is more in your case.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
You had asthma since 10 years.
So chronic persistent asthma can cause COPD (chronic obstructive Pulmonary disease) in later part of life.
You are also having past history of smoking.
So at present, you are mostly having COPD.
No need to worry for lung cancer as your CT scan is not showing any mass lesion. Small nodules might be a healed foci.
But you should get done repeat CT thorax after 6 months to see the size of nodules. If it is same or regressing then no need to worry for lung cancer.
Please let me know your PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) report.
I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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What causes shortness of breath in a person with asthma?

Brief Answer: Possibility of COPD is more in your case. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic. I can understand your concern. You had asthma since 10 years. So chronic persistent asthma can cause COPD (chronic obstructive Pulmonary disease) in later part of life. You are also having past history of smoking. So at present, you are mostly having COPD. No need to worry for lung cancer as your CT scan is not showing any mass lesion. Small nodules might be a healed foci. But you should get done repeat CT thorax after 6 months to see the size of nodules. If it is same or regressing then no need to worry for lung cancer. Please let me know your PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) report. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.