100 Questions & Answers About Asthma, Second Edition by Claudia S. Plottel

By Claudia S. Plottel

While you're one of the nearly 22 million americans that suffer from bronchial asthma, or have a chum or relative who does, this publication bargains the entire info you must higher comprehend and deal with the situation. thoroughly revised and up-to-date, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately bronchial asthma, moment version contains information regarding the newest clinical techniques to bronchial asthma care and examine, explains the latest instructions and therapy thoughts of the nationwide bronchial asthma schooling and Prevention software, offers finished information regarding medications used to regard bronchial asthma, and makes a speciality of fit dwelling with bronchial asthma. a hundred Questions & solutions approximately bronchial asthma, moment variation presents authoritative, functional solutions on your questions on therapies, coping suggestions for either sufferer and family members resources of help, the significance of workout and foodstuff, and lots more and plenty extra. Written by way of Dr. Claudia S. Plottel, a world-class bronchial asthma expert, this sincerely written, hugely readable e-book deals the newest scientific wisdom and functional pointers on what bronchial asthma is and what you are able to do to regard it successfully. that includes insider suggestion from a precise sufferer, this e-book is a useful source for a person dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this power, but hugely controllable sickness.

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Asthma: Symptoms and Diagnosis other than asthma can be responsible for symptoms suggestive of asthma. Emphysema and chronic obstructive bronchitis can resemble asthma, but a significant history of smoking cigarettes is usually present. Pulmonary sarcoidosis can cause wheezing. Rare lung diseases like obliterative bronchiolitis or eosinophilic pneumonia are also occasionally in the differential diagnosis of asthmalike symptoms. Common medical conditions that lead to symptoms similar to those of asthma are reviewed in Question 23.

QXP 4/14/10 1 0 0 3:01 PM Page 36 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 gradually and begins with mild symptoms. If unchecked, that mild exacerbation will worsen and become more severe. Mild exacerbations, identified early and treated appropriately—perhaps with increased use of inhaled medication—can be nipped in the bud with minimal, if any, disruption of health and lifestyle. More advanced exacerbations, however, may require the use of additional medication, such as steroid tablets.

The next step usually involves attempting to confirm, or “rule in” the doctor’s initial diagnostic impression by performing specific tests as needed, in addition to history taking and to the physical examination. For example, the differential diagnosis of a persistent, daily, dry cough that lasts more than 2 months in a 22-year-old non-smoking college student in otherwise excellent health might include asthma, UACS (postnasal drip), or GERD, either alone or in combination. The physician would thus initially perform an evaluation for the possibility of asthma and perhaps even prescribe asthma medication.

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