I never hand asthma as a child but got it I think from being around 2nd hand smoke for months. My diagnosis read acute environmental asthma. Does this mean I have it for life? I have been on Symbicort/Albuterol for months but still can't breathe sometimes. Could it be a food allergy?
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replied January 13th, 2011
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

Breathlessness can be due to a cause in the lung, heart or elsewhere. Since inhalers for asthma are not helping, you should look beyond COPD. Breathlessness can be due to several causes. The commonest cause is anemia. It can also be due to asthma like conditions, bronchitis (this should be evaluated further), high blood pressure, diabetes, hypothyroidism or obesity.

Certain heart conditions too can cause breathlessness like mitral valve prolapse, high pulmonary artery pressure etc. Stress and anxiety too can be a cause and so also gastric reflux. What is important is to find out whether you are breathless all the time or is it due to exertion.

At times certain triggers can cause breathlessness like a visit to a dusty area, using the blower of a vacuum cleaner, visit to a garden with flowers, perfumes, sprays etc. This is a type of allergic asthma and avoiding allergens will help take care. Spirometry test is usually normal unless done during the ‘attack’.

The best thing would be to consult a general practitioner or PCP and try and assess what is the cause of your problem. Then proper referral for concerned specialist can take things further and get you proper treatment. Take care!



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replied January 15th, 2011
Thanks so much or your help! The diagnosis sheet said that I have acute environmental asthma. Is that long-term? I am a little overweight and start wheezing and having severe chest tightness when running a few blocks and I have GERD and was anemic as a child. But after taking iron pills my blood test came back neg for anemia.
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replied January 18th, 2011
I had asthmatic bronchitis- does this mean my asthma is only temporary??
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replied January 18th, 2011
I tried speaking to my doctor but he's really unhelpful and a jerk
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