Asthma

What is Asthma?

Asthma (from the Greek ἅσθμα, ásthma, "panting") is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Asthma may also be classified as atopic (extrinsic) or non-atopic (intrinsic) where atopy refers to a predisposition toward developing type 1 hypersensitivity reactions.

Treatment of acute symptoms is usually with an inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonist (such as salbutamol) and oral corticosteroids. and it caused 250,000 deaths.

Questions and answers on "Asthma"

I have had asthma most of my life and am now in my adult years (69). My asthma is triggered by changes in the atmospheric pressure. We have inversions here and when the air is cold and foggy I especially have problems. I have been taking advair to prevent asthma attacks, however, advair is causing other problems with my health. Is there any other drug that is designed to prevent asthma attacks?

doctor1 MD

Hello
You are taking ADVAIR i.e. fluticasone+ salmeterole , no doubt this is a good drug for the treatment for asthma .
When patient with these symptoms visit I prescribe them to take MONTELUKAST+ BAMBUTEROLE ( 10 mg each ) once or twice in day.
Usually patient respond this treatment very well ....

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my 7 year old daughter has asthma as diagnosed by the doctors for the last 4 years and she has been given steroids in the past for her treatment such as Betnesol N. is that good for her or has any side effects? She often has breathing problems while asleep and we nebulize her with Optra or solubemetrol or sometimes clenil compositum. we have been giving her one tablet of sodium montelukast daily in the night for the past two months and brittanyl syrup. she was also given acefyl syrup a few days ago but she is still having asthma attack at least once a day. is her asthma curable. what medicine should we give her now.

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Your daughter is suffering from asthma and steroids is the mainstay of treatment for asthma. For better control of symptoms, give her long acting steroids and long acting beta agonists combinations in inhaler form like seroflo in 50 or 100mcg strength instead of betnesol N. This will minimize the...

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I have a question in regards to my asthma

I'm 26 y/o. I was diagnosed with asthma about four years ago. I developed asthma right after I stoped smoking.

I have been with my current partner for about the same time, almost five years and he is a smoker. I have noticed that sometimes I get asthma episodes and/or attacks after I kiss him. Now, he does not smoke around me, and I never kiss him after he smokes.

What are the chances that my asthma worsens by kissing him? What are the effects of his smoking in me?

I'm very concerned because my asthma seems to worsen even if I take all my medication and follow up with every treatment.

Thank you.

doctor1 MD

Hello ,
Its been 4 years that you have been diagnosed with asthma, for which you taking meds already, we need to consider few points first:
As you know that asthma needs a trigger , which could be anything for example smoke, pollen , hay , animal fur , dust etc when exposed to these it triggers a...

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My wife is 33 yrs old. She is prone to suffer for asthma very rarely. We got married since 11 years, she suffered hardly 4 times, but not so bad, only little suffering. I took her to doctor they gave some medicine and puf and she got cured. but last two weeks,she is suffering for asthma but not getting cured properly. It is the longest time she is suffering for.
She is 5 feet 1 inch, weight 74 kgs, but she is having thyroid since 2001, but now her thyroid is under control. Asthma is her genetic issue, her grandmother was having the same problem. We are staying in Kolkata. Please advise which doctor we should see, to cure the same.

doctor1 MD

Hello
This type of asthma is known as asthmatic allergic bronchitis .
Hay , mite , dust , pollen , mold , sudden rise & fall of temperature , humidity are the predisposing factors , so pleases take care about that.
When such patient visit in my clinic I advise them to take monteleukast +...

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I have been diagnosed with asthma at 32 years old. I had never been diagnosed with asthma before now. I went to the doctor with a severe cough & that is what he told me. I seem to cough more when I am tired or worn down. Is this normal with asthma? I try to use the inhaler but it makes my heart race & makes me feel even more exhausted than without it.

doctor1 MD

HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The reliever inhalor can be associated with increased heart rate. To reduce your need for it, you may want to consider the preventer inhalor.

This would prevent your symptoms from occurring at all.

The triggers for asthma vary but the more common ones are:...

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How long does it take once you are around whatever triggers your asthma to bring an asthma attack on?

doctor1 MD

Hi,
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of asthma. In a asthma patient many factors can trigger asthma exacerbation. Common triggers of asthma are stress, cold exposure, any food to which the patient is allergic, lung infection to atypical organism and exposure to any noxious smoke etc....

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Is it possible to be misdiagnosed with asthma? I was diagnosed with asthma during a time when I had bronchitis. My pulmonologist never performed any tests to show that I had asthma. I have never had an asthma attack and was only coughing/wheezing during the time period that I had bronchitis. I currently run 3-5 miles a day, never use an inhaler or other asthma medications, yet the doctor refuses to remove this diagnosis of asthma from my file.

doctor1 MD

Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, this is possible.
In fact, asthma is very commonly diagnosed disease while in reality person is having simple bronchitis.
Asthma is chronic allergic lung disease where patient has to take care regular inhaled...

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does having trouble breathing only for a few minutes after coming home from hot weather indicate that i have asthma?? if not asthma what are possible causes??

doctor1 MD

Hi
Welcome to HealthcareMagic.
Whatever you are experiencing is just exertion.It s unlikely to be asthma.I advise you to maintain adequate hydration while in hot weather and keep washing your face with water regularly.This can reduce stress on you .

Take care.

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I have asthma and I am wanting to work out to lose weight, but it feels like i cant get enough air. My asthma comes in intervals so it is not always a huge problem. But i have really bad alergies and everytime they start acting up (which is once or twice a year) so does my asthma and it puts me out of doing any kind of activity (including something as simple as stairs) for at least 3 months without feeling like i cant breathe. I take breathing treatments and and inhaler . Is there something else i can do to help me have a more active lifestyle with asthma?

doctor1 MD

Hi, thanks for your query. Well done for trying to lose weight. I understand that it is hard to do when you are unwell. Don't be discouraged by the periods during which your allergies and asthma flare up. Since you seem to have noticed a seasonal pattern to you asthma and allergy episodes I...

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hi i have been to hospital and doctor with my asthma problem..i am taking my medication for the last 6 days and it s still the same...i feel tired all the time...and also it s very hot and humid and there was forest fire smoke a while back,,,my chest feels very heavy all the time...and i have a lot of wheezing ..should i go back to hospital..any suggestions please help...

doctor1 MD

hi,
your asthma has increased due to fire as you are mentioning, there might still be smoke residue in the area which is not letting you symptoms reduce, you should go to hospital they will increase the dose or add another medicine to you present prescription, also try changing your place of stay...

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Hi. Please help! My Dad has not been gentle to himself over the years having been a heavy smoker (ex - smoker now)and drinker. He is is on numerous meds including warfarin, inhalers for breathing, blood pressure, high colesteral, and also has lukemia of the bone which has not progressed since been diagnosed several yrs ago. He recently got a shock from the defrib for the first time while on holidays abroad. He was admitted to hospital for 48hrs for monitoring and on his return went to his regular hospital in home country to get a printout of the activity of the defrib. He has bveen advised that he may have a second shock (apparently nine times out of ten a patient will receive a second shock). This all occurred approx eight days ago and today he is complaining of pins and needles in his hands. Can someone pls advise if the pins and needles are associated with the activity of the defrib. From a very concerned family memeber

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Hi, my 18months old son (12.8kg) was just prescribed Flucloxacillin oral solution 125mg, 2.5ml 4x daily. He s been having red rush on his face around his mouth. It started as 1or 2 single spots with white center about 10 days ago and it spreading into red areas with white spots, which are constantly wet as my son is dribbling a lot. He was prescribed Fucidin Cream last friday. We ve been applying this 3xdaily for last 3 days but it s not getting better. My son has asthma and is using Beclometasone inhaler 2x daily. My son also wasn t very well last weak some respiratory viral infection. My question is: How long does it take for the Fucidin cream to start working? And if my son starts taking the Flucloxacillin antibiotics, can he be exposed to the sun as we are going on a beach holiday in 5 days? Many thanks for your answer, S.

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I am a 36 year old female. I have been diagnosed with chronic autoimmune urticaria and thyroid disease. I have antihistamine resistant hives, so I have been prescribed methotrexate which has cause the hives to go into remission. Recently I have been diagnosed with asthma, a uti and conjunctivitis. Could this just be as a result of my supersede immune system or something bigger?

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I have shortness of breath after 1/2 of running with lower back pain. The LBP is sharp burning feeling and I can t continue after the sharp pain has disappeared. My throat gets dried up fast with the first two minutes running and feels like throat is clogged. I have no history of asthma. I am 15 lbs over weight but still exercise on a regular basis but just can t exercise long enough due to LBP. I have no history of injuring my back.

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