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Smoker, had several cases of bronchitis, pneumonia. Symptoms of Asthma ?

I have been a smoker for years, have had several cases of bronchitis and one time pneumonia . I am no longer a smoker but i continue to have shortness of breath with any type of excercise. I am trying to determine whether i may have asthma or if these are normal from being a smoker or just being slightly out of shape. The symptoms do improve with an inhaler . And I have been told for many years that I am allergic to smoke..
Asked On : Fri, 10 Aug 2012
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You are suffering from COAD-Chronic Obstructive Airway Disease because of your smoking. You could also be having an element of asthma as these two diseases have a lot of overlap of symptoms. You need to get a chest xray done and if required a CT Scan of chest to rule out any other lung pathology. Then you have to get a PFT done to establish the diagnosis of COAD and/or asthma. The most imp treatment in your case is quitting smoking which it seems you have already done. You should take inhaler medicines like seroflo and tiova in MDI or Rotacap form. You may also take doxyphyllin tablet twice a day, mucinac tablet, do steam inhalation and deep breathing exercises. Avoid all kind of smoke and dusty atmosphere.
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