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By Claudia S. Plottel

When you be afflicted by bronchial asthma, or have a chum or relative who does, this publication deals aid. the one ebook to supply the doctor’s and patient’s view, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately bronchial asthma supplies authoritative, functional solutions on your questions about healing procedures, coping ideas -- for either sufferer and relations, assets of aid, and masses extra. Written via a world-class bronchial asthma professional and that includes "insider’s" recommendation from an exact sufferer, this ebook is a useful source for someone dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this debilitating ailment.

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The oxygen-rich blood is then pumped by the heart to the entire body—via the arteries—in order to supply organs with needed oxygen. Although an ABG is not a routine test in outpatient asthma management, it is frequently used in intensive care. If a person is suffering a severe asthmatic exacerbation, the ABG will reveal decreased oxygen and carbon dioxide. If the asthma worsens further, carbon dioxide may rise, and the pH will drop, indicating a dangerous buildup of acid. Such a scenario may indicate life-threatening asthma.

A wheeze is an abnormal sound produced by turbulent flow of air through the lungs. There are many different causes for wheezing (Table 6). However, the occurrence of a wheeze by itself without any other symptoms is unusual. 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.

Bronchoscopy is not routinely performed in the care of someone with asthma. Rare situations involving very severe asthma, when marked accumulation of mucus extensively blocks the bronchial passages, can require bronchoscopy to remove the thick, obstructing mucus plugs. Having well-controlled asthma is not a contraindication to undergoing bronchoscopy if it is required for evaluation of another (non-asthma) lung condition. It is important that a patient’s asthma be quiescent and inactive when the bronchoscopy is performed.

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