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Can Dr. tell between Asthma and Bronchitis

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Old 10-09-2006, 04:27 PM   #1
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Question Can Dr. tell between Asthma and Bronchitis


I had asthma when I was 2 I had to take med. I eventually outgrew it. Well when I was a teenager I started smoking ((bad!!!). I am not a heavy smoker I may smoke 5-8 cigs a day. I seem to always bronchitis after a cold. One time I had to get a treatment. Ever since then I noticed I wheeze sometimes if I laugh alot, cough, or after excercising. I don't know if I am allegic to anything but I do have eczema on my face and arms. I heard they kind of go with asthma.

Anyway I got a cold about three weeks ago. I assume it turn it to bronchitis because I wake up every morning with chest tightness and a cough. I never went to the Dr. I am going to go to one. I want to know if they can tell if it asthma or bronchitis. They pretty much have the same symptoms. Will a regular physcian be able to diaognis (sp?) me? Or should I go to a specialist. I have been trying to go to a pulomlogist (sp?) and they don't have any appointment until Dec/Jan. I guess now is a popular time to go. I was thinking about going to a urgent care place. Any thoughts?


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Old 10-09-2006, 10:59 PM   #2
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Re: Can Dr. tell between Asthma and Bronchitis

Eosinophils are white blood cell markers that have a lot to do with allergic reactions in the body. I think that may be what you are refering to in your post about your skin irritations and asthma.
Are you currently smoking now? I know you mentioned that you were "only" smoking a few a day, however your lungs are already compromised from having asthma so early on in life. Please, please try your best to quit, and soon.
As far as your present illness? Are you having a productive or non-productive cough? If it is productive, has it changed from white/clear/muciod to yellow or greenish tinged? If yes, then you need to been seen by your physican as soon as possible.
Being sick stinks. It's worse when you can't breathe. Are there no other specialists in your area you could try to get into to see? If not, then your regular GP can get you started on the basics for now. Yes, right now is the worst time to try to get a new patient appointment with a Pulmonologist. The change in the season, brings all the lungers out. Good luck.

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