By Claudia S. Plottel

When you be afflicted by bronchial asthma, or have a chum or relative who does, this publication bargains support. the single e-book to supply the doctor’s and patient’s view, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately bronchial asthma offers authoritative, useful solutions on your questions on remedies, coping recommendations -- for either sufferer and kinfolk, resources of aid, and masses extra. Written via a world-class bronchial asthma professional and that includes "insider’s" suggestion from an exact sufferer, this ebook is a useful source for a person dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this debilitating illness.

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33 Plottel_02 11/12/04 2:55 PM 1 0 0 Page 34 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T A S T H M A active VCD, however, the vocal cords close instead of opening during inspiration. Because the cords swing together instead of moving apart, the flow of air into the trachea and lungs becomes compromised. Wheezing occurs as air is forced through the abnormally narrowed vocal cord opening. Other symptoms of VCD include a change in voice quality, hoarseness, throat or chest tightness, and difficulty swallowing.

Although most people with asthma will at some point experience wheezing, not everyone who wheezes has a diagnosis of asthma. Some people who wheeze will have a lung condition other than asthma, while others will wheeze even though there is no identifiable lung condition and the lungs appear completely normal. In the first category are those with a cigarette-related lung disease such as COPD, for example. Other lung diseases, such as bronchiectasis or bronchiolitis, can also lead to wheezing. Certain infec- 25 Plottel_02 11/12/04 2:55 PM 1 0 0 Page 26 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T A S T H M A Table 6 Causes of Wheezing Asthma Foreign body aspiration COPD chronic obstructive bronchitis emphysema Bronchiectasis Lung infections, infectious bronchitis, bronchiolitis, croup Allergic reaction (severe, anaphylactoid) Congestive heart failure GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) Drug induced (beta-blockers) tions of the lungs can cause wheezing in completely normal lungs.

It is therefore important to note if the wheezing is recurrent or if it is associated with other lung symptoms such as breathlessness, cough, or mucus production. ” Although most people with asthma will at some point experience wheezing, not everyone who wheezes has a diagnosis of asthma. Some people who wheeze will have a lung condition other than asthma, while others will wheeze even though there is no identifiable lung condition and the lungs appear completely normal. In the first category are those with a cigarette-related lung disease such as COPD, for example.

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