By Claudia S. Plottel
If you happen to be afflicted by bronchial asthma, or have a chum or relative who does, this publication deals support. the single booklet to supply the doctor’s and patient’s view, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately bronchial asthma grants authoritative, useful solutions on your questions on treatments, coping options -- for either sufferer and kinfolk, assets of aid, and masses extra. Written through a world-class bronchial asthma specialist and that includes "insider’s" suggestion from an exact sufferer, this e-book is a useful source for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this debilitating affliction.
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Because asthma is characterized as a disease of lung emptying, exhalation time is abnormally prolonged in asthma. Anyone with active asthma who attempts to blow out all the candles on a birthday cake with one single mighty blow of air knows about impaired “lung emptying” firsthand! Depending on the degree of asthma and other factors, such as how much airway narrowing, or bronchospasm, is present, full exhalation during spirometry might last as long as 12 to 14 seconds rather than the normal 5 to 6 seconds.
Wheezing should never be ignored. If airway narrowing and inflammation are left untreated, there is a real risk of the disease worsening, which can become potentially life threatening. 16. Will I know when I wheeze? Gemma’s comment: In my teens I attended a boarding school in northern New York State. I found that in winter I could always develop a noisy “wheeze” if I opened a window and took big gulps of cold air. ), and that was what I wanted. ” Certainly, I never discussed these symptoms with a doctor, because they served me well: they excused me from unwanted activity.
In young children in particular, cough with exertion should never be ignored; it may be the “tip off ” to the diagnosis of asthma. The presence of a cough is always abnormal. Exercise does not cause asthma but acts as a stimulus. 19. Could my symptoms be due to a condition other than asthma? Yes, depending on what your symptoms are. qxd 3/11/05 1 0 0 9:20 AM Page 28 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T A S T H M A physician generates a list of different possible conditions that could theoretically be responsible for the symptoms.
100 Questions and Answers About Asthma by Claudia S. Plottel