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 My throat feels funny, like I'm about to get a cough/cold. But im not! Dnt think so anyway! I feel like I have
to keep coughing to clear my throat. I gave up smoking for good about two days ago. For good this time! I'm 19. Should I be worried??...

 I've got a terrible cough! i guess i got the flu!!?
Hey ppl, i got a terrible cough i am a smoker not a heavy one though! never had sumthing like this from smokin, got kinda fever n a bit of a runny nose! occasional sneezing, n breathin difficulties. ...

 Advair or Albuterol? I'm new to asthma,I have tightness in the chest?
I have never taken the advair but I have it, I take qvar daily.I had read the disclosure for advair and it sounded so extreme! I was scared to take it.Usually I take albuterol when I am sick which I ...

 How can I preserve my lung health from smoking weed?
I would like to know a good way to try to keep my lungs as healthy as possible even with weed smoke....

 I am 13 and lately I have been having to go to the bathroom every 15 Minuit's. is there some thing wrong with
I hav'ent been drinking any more than ...

 why does my head shake after a week of continuous drinking?
Okay, so i have been binge drinking for the past week. I guess i was partying too much with my buddies, and i had a little too much. After i put the bottle away, i had a really bad head ache and my ...

 how does cannabis help asthma?

 what is the best herbal smoke?

 quitting smoking ????????????????

 smoking weed?
if theres weed residue in ur pipe and u want to smoke but dont have any weed can u smoke paper in it and it will taste like a little weed because of the residue or will it ruin the pipe ??...

Well ive been sick for 5 days now. today was the first day i could breathe from both nostrils. ive been stuffed up for days. i went to the doc and he gave me pills for my thought infection. now i ...

 what can i eat having high fever?
i am so hungry but to weak to fix anything guess i got the hungry shakes too hadn't ate nothing today but scrambled eggs this morning and a ice cream sandwich a few hrs. ago, i wanna go to bed ...

 how can a person get swine?

 Problems breathing when laying down flat.?
When trying to go to sleep, i feel i can't breathe well, and have to manually control my breathing and take a big breath once in a while.

Is it serious? If so, is there anything i can ...

 Difficulty Breathing?
I'll try to explain....I quit smoking 4 months ago and haven't looked back. I am a nanny for twin baby girls so I'm constantly running around and up stairs all day. I'm not lazy ...

 my dads snoring is getting really annoying.?
my dad snores when he sleeps. he snores so loud that i can hear it from my room and our rooms are about 20 feet away. how do i get him to stop snoring.
p.s. hes got a machine thing but that ...

 albuteral helppppppppp???
my daughter is six years old and she takes albuteral sulfate when she gets asthmatic symptoms...i was told that he albuteral solution is not a form of steroid....but my best friend just told me that ...

 my dad sometimes stops breathing in his sleep. helpp!?
okay so my dad snores really loud. so sometimes at night ill hear him stop. then like a minute later he'll gasp for air then snore again. its a constant thing each night. im really nervous this ...

 Constantly producing phlegm - No cough or cold?
For the past 2 months, i seem to have been constantly producing phlegm which i am forced to swallow (what feels like) constantly throughout the day - I dont have any sort of cough, and the phlegm ...

 Throat symptoms, but can't visit doctor now?
I am looking for common alternative relief, as my passive doctor's office is all booked and cannot see me until next week.

Since I've had a cold of some form 4 weeks ago, I'...

Is it dangerous to leave mild asthma undiagnosed?
Someone recently told me I might have mild asthma, which is something I'd never really thought of before, but it makes a lot of sense.

During childhood, I used to get bad coughs and chest infections every winter, and because my parents didn't "believe" in modern medicine (I know, they were very silly and irresponsible), I was never taken to a proper doctor about this and I was given various homeopathic treatments, which never worked at all.

The severity has got less as I've grown up (I'm 19), but I still get regular bouts of bronchitis (about twice a year; every time I get a cold). I also have had allergy problems since I was 12. I've never discovered exactly what I'm allergic to, but I get irritation in my eyes, nose and throat, as well as mild wheeziness. I went to the doctor about it and he asked if I had close relatives with asthma. I said no, so he said it's probably just hayfever.

My question is, could I possibly have had asthma for years, but was never diagnosed? And if so, is there any point in going to my GP about it? It doesn't bother me much, apart from the recurring chest infections. Can leaving it untreated cause lung damage? Can your lungs be damaged by frequent bronchitis?

Blue Haired Old Lady
It is possible to have it for years and not have it diagnosed. It would be a waste of time and resources to go in to the GP about it at this point. Your lungs can be damage by frequent lung infections. Next time you go in to the doctor - discuss this. It is not worth a special trip to the doctor.

It is more important to eat right, avoid what ever it is that irritates your lungs (cigarette smoke, pet dander, mold, etc).

your asthma symptoms sound simlar to mine, you should visit a doctor.

I only have severe attacks after a cold or flu, although I had swine flu a few weeks back and that didn't effect my ashtma which was weird.

yes and i wouldn't kill you to not get it checked out. what harm would it do if you didn't

Um if your undiagnosed...how do you know if you have asthma which requires testing and about a month of documenting the results? I have mild asthma but time to time I need that inhaler almost to the point where paramedics have been sent, so yes it would be well advised to get treatment for it.

If you have an ongoing, recurring respiratory problem, you'd do well to mention it to your doctor.

Yes, the lungs and trachea can be scarred from repeated infections.


I was diagnosed with mild asthma growing up,but my pediatrician just told my parents to keep an eye on me and to come in if I was having any bad breathing problems. I did suffer from a lot of colds and respiratoy infections as a child, but it has become less and less severe. Mild asthma can dissapate with adulthood as long as you aren't around things that constantly irritate your lungs (smoke, insulation, smoggy cities.

Forest Detrick
I wouldn't go to your gp for two reasons 1 if he didn't set you up with a test to see what you are allergic to what good is he ? 2 if he said you have hay fever he just wanted you out of his office . if you have reoccuring bronchitis you may in later years get copd bronchitis which yes is damage to the lungs have you tried primatene mist or tablets ? this may help I find it does with my copd enphazma but you need to see a doctor that will help you not just brush you off as he is doing you now

Don't wait unttill it will worsens. asthma is not a joke

Dr Frank
What a disastrous and inappropriate answer from PJ! I think your diagnosis is correct, unfortunately as many as 3/4 of all mild asthmatics fail to get the correct diagnosis when they are young. I am ashamed to say this most common and simple diagnosis is still missed every day in the UK by poor GPs who give everyone a course of amoxicillin for every cough!

By all means consult your GP, hopefully not the same one that missed the diagnosis for years. A full set of PFTs ( Pulmonary function tests) would be a handy baseline.

Bad news your current episodes of 'bronchitis' are almost certainly likely to asthma episodes as well THEY ARE STILL GETTING MISDIAGNOSED!

If your GP is still failing to cope insist on a referral to a Respiratory Physician.

OK. Ignore PJ above, who said..." it would be a waste of time and resources to go in to the GP about it at this point. Your lungs can be damage by frequent lung infections. Next time you go in to the doctor - discuss this. It is not worth a special trip to the doctor. " (!!!!!!) I despair sometimes, I really do! People like her should stay out of the health section. Rather than give crap advise why not just say you don't know or avoid the question! There is no shame in it.

Poorly managed or undiagnosed asthma can cause long lasting damage to the lungs AND you risk having a bad episode which can be potentially life threatening- this is the main risk. When you take asthma medication, you don't just take it to relieve an attack, you take it for prophylaxis too.

If you are asthmatic, you need to be diagnosed so proper management can be prescribed. Please see your GP.

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