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Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that is caused by the thickening and narrowing of the airways in the lungs. The symptoms of asthma are difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, fatigue, etc. Certain conditions and environmental factors like exercise, flu, cold, extreme climate, and allergens can trigger the symptoms of asthma.

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My mother was diagnosed with asthma nine years ago. Is it because of pollen allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother was diagnosed with asthma nine years ago and used inhalers that the doctor prescribed. The doctors suggested that it might be due to climatic conditions, as she got an asthma attack during winters. This same pattern of asthma attacks repeated for the next five years. My mothe...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. If she has a pollen allergy, repeated attacks are expected. So, if possible, get allergy tests done to identify the allergens causing the symptoms in her case. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wishing g...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an alternative to steroids for my chronic asthma.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a nursing student and have had asthma for ten years. But I get attacks only during the fall. The doctor I usually consult had prescribed me a bronchodilator (Salbutamol 100 mcg) and steroid combination inhalers (two drugs). But I fear the complications of steroids and stopped using t...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The best asthma treatment is inhaled Corticosteroid. It does not have any side effects. So, no need to worry about side effects. I suggest you get done pulmonary function test to identify the severity of asthma. Treatment is based on severi...  Read Full »

How can I manage a persistent cough with breathlessness?

Query: Hello doctor,I recently had a sinus infection (2 weeks ago) and had taken antibiotics for five days. Now I have a persistent barky cough with exertion and trouble getting a deep breath. I also develop a cough while doing daily activities like talking, laughing, and climbing stairs. It feels like ast...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. I have gone through your detailed history, and from that, it is evident that this is an acute exacerbation of asthma. However, I want to know a few more things about your condition. 1. Do you have any allergies? 2. Have...  Read Full »

Is there a risk of developing asthma from nasal polyps?

Query: Hi doctor,I wanted to ask about asthma, my risk of developing it, and if there is anything I can do to prevent it. I have a history of chronic rhinitis with nasal polyps, which I have had for the past 13 years. It is managed with intranasal steroids and antihistamines. My blood eosinophil count was ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi,Welcome to understand your concern. I have gone through the detailed history you have given. The lifetime risk of developing asthma in allergic rhinitis patients is 20 to 30 %. The risk is more in teens and early second and third decades. Since you are in the late third decade, your...  Read Full »

Will my chronic sinusitis lead to asthma?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old male with chronic sinusitis. I was exposed to lead and asbestos while serving in the shipyards about 20 years ago. I now draw disability for chronic sinusitis. Recently, my episodes have been turning into bronchitis and even pneumonia more and more frequently. Just t...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Yes, chronic sinusitis can cause asthma. Recurrent respiratory tract infections including sinusitis can cause asthma especially adult onset asthma. But better to first get a spirometry study done with bronchodilator reversibility. If spirom...  Read Full »

Is there any other treatment for my asthmatic attacks other than Asthalin?

Query: Hello doctor, Since my second pregnancy, I have had asthma and am generally not allergic to anything. However, I get asthmatic attacks whenever I get tensed or stressed from then. I was using Asthalin, which is not effective now. Is there any other alternative drug? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. There are other newer drugs available now. I would suggest a combination of Foracort and Budesonide. Thank you.  Read Full »

Can a drop in temperature exacerbate my asthma attacks?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old woman. I have had asthma for 12 years. I get exacerbations due to cold temperatures. The temperatures have started to drop at the place I currently stay, and I am scared that I might have an unexpected episode. Also, I have left my nebulizer at my parents' place and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your question. I understand your concern and would be happy to help. You can prefer a mesh nebulizer or an ultrasonic nebulizer; however, the ultrasonic type is the best. I hope this helps. Kindly get back in case of further questions. I wish you good he...  Read Full »

I have wheezing, cough, and loss of smell these past few days. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old male. I have wheezing, cough, and loss of smell the past few days. I am a nonsmoker. I took an X-ray and spirometry test. I would like to consult a doctor to clarify the results accordingly. Please give me your opinion on this. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Based on your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), your chest X-ray seems normal. Pulmonary function testing (PFT) shows moderate obstructive defect with good bronchodilator reversibili...  Read Full »

I feel respiratory illness when I stop Theo-Asthalin tablets. What can I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have asthma problems. During the lockdown, I started taking Theo-Asthalin tablets. Now I am addicted to the tablet. When I am not taking medicine, I feel respiratory illness. Could you please help?  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your writing in and I understand your concern. Treatment of asthma is based on the severity of asthma. To know the severity, we need a pulmonary function test (PFT). Ideally, the best treatment of asthma is a regular inhaler Foracort (Formoterol and Budesonide...  Read Full »

Does air purifiers or room heater help in case of asthma and dust allergy?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a dust allergy. Recently I a had wheezing problem for few days that even Asthalin could not help which I used mildly a few times in a year. After a few days of Doxolin and other tabs, I got relieved. My city air quality index (AQI) is around 80 to 100 in a week, I traveled to tw...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. I have gone through the attachments you have provided. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The possibility of asthma and allergic rhinitis is more likely. So it is better to consult pulmonologist in person and get done the ...  Read Full »

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