This category is for questions about the respiratory issues dealing with asthma. Asthma is characterized by decreased levels of oxygen reaching the lungs due to an obstruction, resulting in "asthma attacks" or worse. There are millions of people with this disease. Here you can ask about its causes, symptoms, and treatment.

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What different kinds of asthma are there?

1. Exercise-Induced Asthma

Exercise can make asthma symptoms worse. This is called exercise-induced asthma. Exercise can cause asthma symptoms in up to 80 percent of people with asthma. Treatment and monitoring can allow people with exercise-induced asthma to participate fully in the physical activity or exercise of their choice.

2. Nocturnal Asthma

Worsening of asthma at night is very common. Many factors may contribute to the increased symptoms, including:

- Exposure to allergens in the bedroom, particularly dust mites

- Delayed allergic response, which may occur three to eight hours after exposure

- Chronic sinus problems and/or post-nasal drip

- Gastroesophageal reflux

- Airway cooling from a drop in body temperature

- Decreased effect of medications during early morning hours

- Sleep apnea - brief, repetitive cessation of breathing during sleep caused by an upper airway obstruction

3.Occupational Asthma/Workplace Irritants

Workplace exposure to certain chemicals or dusts can induce asthma. Some chemicals act as sensitizers, inducing allergic reactions in the airways. Once the airways become sensitized to a specific chemical, even very small amounts can make asthma worse. Other substances, such as dusts, are airway irritants, causing symptoms in employees who have underlying asthma or who are exposed to high concentrations.

4.Steroid Resistant Asthma

Airway inflammation and immune activation plays an important role in chronic asthma. Current guidelines of asthma therapy have therefore focused on the use of anti-inflammatory therapy, particularly inhaled glucocorticoids (GCs). While the majority of patients respond to regular inhaled GC therapy, a subset of patients are poorly responsive even when treated with high doses of oral prednisone. This review will examine the mechanisms underlying steroid resistant (SR) asthma.

  • Check out According to this site, there are two types of asthma - allergic and non-allergic. Interesting reading and helpful links as well. The best source of information is a physician (preferably a pulmonologist) & their nurses.
Conditions and Diseases

Can metoprolol be used in bronchial asthma patient?

It shouldn't be because beta blockers can have the effect of bronchoconstriction which should be avoided in a person who is already prone to that problem.


How many people die a year from asthma worldwide?

AROUND 300 million people suffer from asthma around the world and 255,000 people die due to this disease every year.


How do you know if you have asthma?

Asthma cannot be self-diagnosed. If you suffer from the following symptoms on a regular basis you should see your doctor or physician:



shortness of breath

tightening of the chest

tiredness after activities that you would normally do easily

elevated breathing rate

The tests that your medical practitioner might run to establish whether or not you do have asthma include peak flow tests, lung function tests, and possibly allergy testing as well.


What happens if someone who doesn't have asthma takes asthma drugs?

The answer is the airways will open slightly more - so very little will happen in reality. It has been known for some sportsmen to use inhalers to open their airways more during playing even though they dont have asthma

Conditions and Diseases

Can an attack of dizziness be an asthma attack?

Dizzy AttackHere is advice:
  • No, you can feel very dizzy whilst having an asthma attack obviously due to the restricted oxygen supply tothe brain, however unless there is a severe wheeze, accompanied by extreme discomfort and or a severe persistant struggling cough, then it is not an asthma attack. i personally suffered with childhood asthma and so i know the signs and then i used to worry about asthma as an adult, however i have now developed panic attacks which one of the main symptoms is dizziness and these were brought on through worrying about asthma! so take a break and think whether or not you could be having a mild panic attack . they are not the same thing!!!!
  • With asthma you would notice a hard time moving air out of your lungs. In some cases some wheezing and or coughing. Prolonged you can become hypoxic and therefor become dizzy. If on the other hand you are just getting dizzy with no breathing stress its most likely something very different. If you are breathing fast and deeply feeling like you cant get a full breath, maybe your heart pounding then get dizzy you are probobly suffering an anxiety attack and the light headedness is probobly from breating too much. Either way if you have a reaccuring problem you need to see a medical professional to rule out anything serious. or to ease your mind finding it is something very minor.

i have had asthma my whole life i used to get really dizzy after having my inhaler , i went to see my gp and he switched my medication now i dont have them that often than before :)

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How do you know if your chihuahua has asthma?

It doesnt have the energy to shake lol

kidding ask a vet


Can asthma cause ulcerative colitis?

Both asthma and ulcerative are examples of inflammatory diseases (there are many more).

Clinical studies have shown that if you have one inflammatory disease there is a higher chance you might develop another - so to take this example, someone with asthma is slightly more likely to develop colitis (however, it doesn't mean that they definately will though).

Scientists think this link occurs is because in inflammatory diseases the immune system goes into overdrive for the wrong reasons (in asthma it might be an abnormal allergic response to pollen or dust, in colitis an abnormal response to food types). Unfortunately, it's not completely understood.

I live with someone who suffers from both and the best advice I can give is to identify the triggers (if you haven't already) and stay away from them e.g. dust/high fat diet etc. Best of luck.

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Does asthma cause high body temperature?



How is asthma treated?

They are given puffer to get extra oxygen in their lung.There is no cure for asthma, but you can treat it and manage your symptoms. With proper asthma treatment, you should be almost symptom-free and enjoy an active life.Asthma is a long-term disease -- you have it all the time, even when you don't feel the symptoms. To stay healthy and safe, follow your asthma treatment every day, even on days when you feel fine. You should avoid cold air, quit smoking (even 2nd hand smoke).


Can asthma transmission to people?

i have no idea wat u talkin bout

Yes, it can be passed down through the character sequences in the DNA, but no, it can not be spread from person-to-person.

If you mean can you get asthma from someone else who has it the answer is no. Asthma is an allergic reaction, not actually a disease, and therefore cannot be given to other people. Trust me I have it.


How do you prevent asthma attacks?

  • If possible, avoid whatever it is that triggers you asthma.

  • You need to work with your doctor to determine the right combination of medications for you. Asthma can be very well controlled with daily medications to where you rarely have to use a rescue inhaler even if you're around triggers or exercise.
  • There are therapists who teach classes to teach people (children included) how to breath properly during an asthma attack. Most people panic. It's training the person not to panic and to learn to calm down and start breathing properly or leaning over the side of a sofa to ease the lungs. People who have several asthma attacks should sleep with their pillow propped up slightly, or, they should sleep on one side during the night with a pillow behind their back, then shift over to the other side and do the same thing. This is easier to do with children and harder to do for adults. It is also advisable for children and adults alike to have an air purifier in their bedroom and no pets in the room.
  • Practice Pranayama. It is a breathing exercise. Or exercise regularly. Eat healthy non-oil food, drink lots of water. It's as simple as eat healthy, be healthy.
  • Medications like Advair are used as preventatives to asthma also know what your personal triggers are such as a change in medicine could result in an attack,different people have different triggers (ones could be mold another could be humidity)talk to your asthma specialist about your triggers so you can be aware of them and reduce future attacks.pets are NOT bad for your asthma UNLESS you are allergic to that type of pet, many people get this confused. do not use your rescue inhaler more often or else it wont do anything the most you can do is two puffs every four hours or so. If you are still having a lot of trouble after about 20 minutes go to the hospital.

Who does asthma affect you when you play sports?

Asthma effects you when you play sports because the Bronchi is very sensitive and can cause irritating in the lungs, this causes loss of breath and maybe vomiting which will effect how long you can last in sports before your too out of breath.

Conditions and Diseases

What is a nursing diagnosis for rsv?

Impaired gas exchange r/t respiratory secretions AEB fine crackles on auscultation, frequent productive cough, etc.


What is the surgical and medical management of asthma?

Medical management of asthma makes use of bronchodilators, whether oral or inhaled. Surgical management occurs in extreme cases (e.g. life threatening) and makes use of a procedure called the tracheotomy, to do so.

Head, Ears, and Nose

Do any allergies cause shortness of breath?

1. Yes, Shortness of breath is a common symptom of asthma, but in some cases, allergies can cause asthma-like symptoms. Exercise-induced asthma causes shortness of breath.

2. Allergies can trigger asthma symptoms, especially during physical activity.

3. Asthma is actually an allergic reaction when your lungs inflame and swell making it hard to breath.

4. Allergens can make our airways red, swollen, and filled with sticky mucus. So Allergies cause shortness of breath.

5. If you're unsure what are causes of shortness breath, consult with an allergist for your better cure.

Conditions and Diseases
Drug Side Effects

Side effects of asthma pump usage?

Some side affects that i personaly have noticed was the overwelming feeling of shakiness. When i take my usual two puffs my hands shake and i feel realy jittery, but it only last for a short time.


Is there adult-onset asthma?

Adult asthmaI developed "adult asthma" a few years ago (37 years old now).

I was having very hard time breathing and catching my breath. I had a severe case of bronchitis a few months before these breathing symptoms started. I used an inhaler on a daily basis and stopped running and other outdoor activities. I finally went to an allergy specialist and have been doing much better. I receive the drops under my tongue instead of a shot. It has already relieved most symptoms. It does not work overnite, but if you follow the doctor's orders and take your drops as directed, within two to three years you should feel much better.

One of the things that scared me was at nite, when I just could NOT catch my breath. I had to learn to relax since being anxious only adds to the problem.

God bless.

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  • My Asthma get worse each day now and its inter my jobs I have too leave them no heat,too cold, But too tired to fight back and I been sick for 3.5 weeks now off and on work? Can I get SSI with this problem I have?
  • All I know, is that when it comes to wanting to breathe, I will do what it takes. For several years, I have had excercise induced asthma that is easily treated with an inhaler before I excercise. However, my asthma seems to have worsened even when I am not working out. A common cold or slight infection limits my ability to breathe and soon results in wheezing, and other symptoms that I know now contributes to asthma. Currently, I have been prescribed the combination therapies: corticosteroid inhaler, nebulizer, and a preventive. I will also assess whether an allergist can assist with my asthma as a means to not rely on these medications to help me in my efforts to live a life not entirely dependent on meds. I am doubtful that this is all it will take since these flare ups occur now with regularity no matter what I do to prevent them, even going the nutritional route with urgency (Flax seed, Vitamins, etc.).
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Should you see an allergy doctor about your child's asthma?

Yes you should. For both asthma and allergies, a doctor in general practice may not recognize allergies. Some doctors do recognize and treat allergies while others do not. An allergist (sometimes listed as "Allergies and Immunology") specializes in this particular area and are up-to-date (we hope! As in some countries, allergists don't even know what anaphylaxis is.) on treatments. As with any doctor, it is good to get recommendations from your doctor, friends, or professional organizations. If you are uncomfortable with one allergist, try another. For children, there are allergists who specialize in pediatric allergies or advertise that they treat children. Though any allergist can treat adults or children, it sometimes helps to have one who definitely *likes* children and respects the differences between adults and children.

ASTHMA: Pediatricians seem reluctant to use the term asthma. This bugs my allergist (and me), because he feels it precludes proper treatment sometimes. If you see any asthma symptoms and are poo-pooed by the pediatrician, see an allergist! This seems most often the case with an allergic kid who coughs every morning. I've heard MANY stories of pediatricians who, at most, tell parents to use an antihistamine (worse, cold medicine; worst, don't worry). Then the child ends up in acute distress in the hospital!

Allergists are most up to date on asthma treatment, which really matters. Allergists can often pinpoint particular allergens to avoid, from testing or only history! Allergists will tell you which environmental changes to make.

i completely agree with that entire answer and an asthma allergy doctor i recommend is Lisa Barociano (i don't really know how to spell the last name) She is a great doctor and is located in east hanover

Yet another answer!

You should definetly see an allerrgist or a doctor. When I was twelve my doctor gave my cough syrup and a week later I was rushed to hospital after running a mile!

The best way to find a reliable doctor to help you with your child's asthma is by going to YourCity.MD. There are patient testimonials, doctor ratings, and much more which make it easy to find the right doctor for you and your child. I really suggest it!


If you have a lot of symptoms of asthma but not all of them could you have asthma?

Just because you don't have every symptom associated with asthma doesnt mean you couldn't have it. I have had asthma for 24 years and never have I had the "asthma cough" that many people get. If you think you may have developed the disease by all means go to the doctor. they can proscribe a medicine that is right for you but don't take singular i have been taking it for 13 years and there has been a resent study that its been causing depression and a few people have comited suicide i recently stopped taking it but i never had any sideffects. i hope this helped


What causes asthma?

The causes of asthma aren't clear. But we do know that certain factors may increase the likelihood of developing asthma, or of it becoming persistent.

Allergic or extrinsic asthma is the most common type of asthma and results from breathing in certain allergens and irritants that cause an allergic reaction and asthma attack. Allergic asthma can affect anyone at any age, but children are more likely to suffer from this inflammatory condition. Researchers believe that both hereditary and environmental factors are responsible for allergic asthma.

In people with allergic asthma, the over-sensitive airway passages to the lungs become inflamed and the surrounding muscles constrict (tighten) when an allergen or irritant is inhaled. This in turn triggers asthma symptoms.

Allergic asthma is caused by inhaling specific allergens and irritants that set off an allergic reaction and asthma symptoms. In people without asthma, these allergens and irritants are often harmless and cause no response; however, in people with allergic asthma, their hyper-sensitive immune systems think that they are harmful substances.

Asthma is often caused by various allergens or irritants in the lungs which leads to inflammation of the lungs. Various factors can exacerbate the lungs, making them more vulnerable to asthma. Other lifestyle choices can also increase ones likelihood for asthma, and increase the severity of asthma.

Inflammation of the airway is the body's reaction to something it considers harmful as an attempt to keep the bad stuff out, unfortunately sometimes to the detriment of the body itself. It can even be caused by stomach acid ( acid reflux ) rising up and irritating the oesophagus.

Common Allergens or Irritants

Allergens that can trigger asthma attacks:

  • Tree, grass and weed pollen.
  • Mould spores.
  • Animal dander (skin flakes). Pet urine, faeces, saliva and hair can also trigger an asthma attack.
  • Cockroach faeces and saliva.
  • Dust mite faeces.

Irritants that can trigger asthma attacks:

  • Tobacco smoke and smoke from candles, incense or a chimney.
  • Cold air.
  • Air pollution.
  • Scents from scented products, such as perfumes, air fresheners and lotions.
  • Dust.
  • Industrial and household chemicals.

Likelihood of developing asthma

You're more likely to develop asthma if:

  • You smoke.
  • You have another allergic disease, such as eczema or hay fever.
  • A close relative has asthma, eczema, hay fever or allergic conjunctivitis.
  • You were born prematurely or with a low birth weight.
  • You had bronchiolitis as a child.
  • You were exposed to tobacco smoke as a child.
  • Either of your parents had asthma.

Other lifestyle choices or factors that can make one vulnerable to Asthma:

  • smoking
  • stress and/or over-exertion of the body (eg: sports)
  • respiratory illness, eg cold, flu.
  • lack of exercise
  • lack of sleep
  • diet
  • sudden weight change.
  • having children

To find your individual cause you should see an allergist. Most allergists are also asthma specialists, and will try different things until a desirable result is found.

allergies, a LEETLE piece of pollen, grass, dirt, etc. Also, asthma can be caused by not breathing right.


Is coughing a symptom of asthma?

CoughingCould be. But if that is your only symptom, it is more likely an allergy. Does it come around the same time every year? You could be allergic to something in the air.

I had a cough for 6 months with no other symptoms every year around Aug thru Nov. Now that I am working on my allergies that time period is not as bad as before.

Allergy tests are not painful and very very useful.

It is not necessary that coughing is because of asthma only. There are other symptoms like wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath which can confirm that you have asthma. It is better to consult your doctor for the same.

Conditions and Diseases

If you have asthma can you ever get rid of it?

3 Ways To Control Your Asthma Without Using Your Inhaler

Ginger - The ginger compounds used to treat airway smooth muscle and it is best for asthma. Patient take a clearly breath.

Yoga - The deep breathing was best solution for asthma patient. In the morning patient give some time for yoga it will help in asthma.

Butterbur - Butterbur herb use the leaf, root, and bulb to make medicine. This herb has been used for years to treat asthmatics in Asia.

Conditions and Diseases

Does your throat swell up when you are having difficulties with asthma?

no it doesn't asthma affects primarily the lower respiratory area i.e. lungs

No, usually the hardness to breath is caused by a sticky gunge produced by the air sacs in your lungs when something irritates them. The gunge can narrow your wind pipe.

Dont worry it sounds worse than it actually is!


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