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I am very active, run several miles 5+ days/week.
I do not smoke, but I used to, and do not have a family history of asthma.
At what point will my lungs hopefully recover and I can breathe normal again??
I have been off the Advair for 2 months, so at what point will my lungs heal? It's also more difficult in humid conditions, and my chest always feels congested. I run about 15 miles/week, is that helping my lungs or hurting them ???
Also, should my chest muscles and sides still be hurting from all the coughing? I haven't coughed in 3 months.
Do you think I've really developed asthma, or could it just be that my lungs haven't fully healed???

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replied June 9th, 2010
Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Answer A12988
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Asthma is a lung condition that is characterized with an inflammatory decrease of the lumen of the bronchi. During the inflammation, which can appear as a result of infection, allergy or physical exertion, the lining of the bronchi is swollen and the air that is inhaled can't be passively released through the trachea so individuals may sometimes need to use the intercostal muscles to exhale, which causes pain and/or wheezing. Corticosteroids and anti-allergy medications are used in treatment of this medical condition.

Given the data that you described, it seems likely that you experience mild asthma which can be due to an allergy or physical exertion. You may consider seeing a pulmonologist for further classification of the asthma that you experience. If diagnosed with asthma as a result of allergies, you may consider taking anti-allergy medications and avoid contact with the allergen (seasonal if allergic to pollen or grass, or asthma throughout the year in case of allergy to dust and animal's hair). Reduce the amount of running and exercising if diagnosed with asthma due to physical exertion.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider such as a pulmonologist for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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