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  • 2 months ago

    Was this prescription/diagnosis something I should address with a licensing body or disciplinary panel?

    Dear whomever may be interested, I went into a Doctor's office earlier today after about 5 days with a low grade fever (99.5 - 101.0), a cough that sometimes I indulged a bit to try to "cough things up" which probably contributed to some of the soreness/swelling, and a sore throat / headache. The last two of the five days, when I've sort of forced air out of my mouth, you hear a little rumbling, but not on a normal, shallower exhalation. I am a non-smoker adult male and live a fairly....
  • 2 months ago

    News Flash: 1 in 3 Adults Diagnosed as Asthmatic May Not Be

    Many adults who've been diagnosed with asthma may not actually have the respiratory disease, a new study suggests. Find out why here: We want to hear from YOU! Have you ever been misdiagnosed?
  • 3 months ago

    Asthma or not? Doctors aren't sure

    Things that point to asthma: - Short of breath - Tight chest - Night gasping - Had eczema and hayfever growing up. - Ventolin relieves symptoms immediately. Things that say it is not asthma: - Preventers not helping - Peak flow never drops and is very high. (640+) - No cough - No wheeze - Can vanish with small posture changes - Minimal family history, only in grandmother. - Contradictory symptoms such as a SLOW heart rate and difficulty INHALING. I am praying I do not have asthma as I have a phobia....
  • 3 months ago

    Asthma resource and articles

    Hi all, I have had asthma for 11 years, had great difficulty geting my symptoms under control, am allergic to house dust mite. Enjoy reading about medical topics online. Came across this site which has several good articles about asthma: Am finally getting my asthma under control, but worry about the amount of inhaled steroid I am taking. Best wishes Clare
  • My daughter in law

    She has severe asthma. Regularly gets sinus infections. Had allergy tests that said she was not allergic to cats. However, she has 2 cats and a hedge hog and lots of litter boxes etc in her apt. I believe this doesn't help her asthma. Am I wrong?
  • 3 months ago

    Shortness of Breath Symptom

    I've been having shortness of breath for several years, but this year it's become more noticeable and uncomfortable. It started in high school, while I was running cross country. My first semester I never had difficulty breathing, but the next semester I noticed my breathing was holding me back. Gradually my times tapered off as the years progressed. After races it's took me many more minutes that my friends to regain my breath. I asked my doctor for an invalid but it didn't make....
  • 4 months ago

    Uniquely Shaped Lungs

    I recently had a chest Xray after getting a respiratory illness, and although I am fine now, the doctor said that my lungs are shaped unusually. Apparently most people's lungs are smaller at the top and get wider towards the bottom, whereas mine are largest at the top and taper narrower towards the bottom. Mine are symmetrical and not deformed, just shaped different. The doctor said it wasn't a problem, but I want to know if this condition has a name. I can't find anything about differently....
  • 4 months ago

    My brother has asthma & is 68 yrs.

    What should our house temperature be? I keep it at 65-68 in the winter & 72-74 in the summer. I like for the windows to be open when weather permits & it airs out the stuffiness inside. My brother keeps his room closed up at all times. But --- he goes out on the front porch & sits for long periods. I do have a cat & she is a buddy to him. She's very clean & gets baths.
  • 4 months ago

    Why do I get stupid when O2 levels hit 97%?

    I have suffered from Asthma most of my life. Normally I'm fine, but I've found that when stress levels get high or I get a head cold, I need to keep a closer eye on things as my lung capacity tends to reduce noticeably. As part of living and managing I've had an O2 meter for a few years; I've largely found O2 meters to be a completely inaccurate measure of asthma severity. But I have noticed a disturbing trend that no physician ever believes or understands: I get stupid when O2 levels....
  • 4 months ago

    Newsflash: Many in U.S. Say 'No' to Scented Rooms and Products

    Fragranced products such as soaps, candles and air fresheners cause more than one-third of U.S. adults to suffer ill health effects, including headaches, dizziness and breathing difficulties. Click here to read more: Tell us what you think of this news. What's your preference? Do you find that products with fragrances affect your breathing/asthma? To join the conversation, be sure to log-in or sign up. We look forward to hearing from you!