After I Quit Smoking, I Developed Ashsma. Any Conection?

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After I Quit Smoking, I Developed Ashsma. Any Conection?

After getting Broncitis for the first time in my life. I got so frightened with the experience of not being able to breath in or out without a horrible noise, I decided to quit smoking. For three weeks I was at the Dr.'s office once or twice a week for breathing treatments at the office. She also gave me two inhalers. One, Flovent 110mcg using twice a day. This one has kept the inflammation down, so I haven't had to use the Proventol inhaler, but I do have it in case of an emergency. I saw a lung specialist who told me I have Adult Ashsma. (I am 40 years old). I am also waiting for blood work to come back regarding Allergens.

Could this be linked in any way to my quitting smoking? And if so is it possible it will go away as quickly as it came.

Thank you for any information you can give me.

JoAnn

Answer

Hi Joann,

First off, congrats on quitting smoking! It's not easy for most people to do, so you are to be commended for making the effort. This is the best thing you could do for your health. As to whether smoking and asthma are related, the answer is a definite yes. But it's the fact that you did smoke that put you at risk for developing asthma, not the fact that you quit.

What you describe as bronchitis was probably the beginning of your asthma, but you just weren't diagnosed immediately. I'm sorry to have to tell you that there is no known cure for asthma and it is unlikely to go away.

However, the good news is that asthma can be controlled with medicine and lifestyle changes. Keep taking your medicine as prescribed, letting your doctor know if you need to start using the Proventil inhaler twice a week or more. Quitting smoking, as I said, was a great way to feel better too. Also, you need to figure out if there are other things in your environment that might be setting off your asthma symptoms. If there area, then work to get rid of them.

Common asthma triggers include pollen, animal dander, mold, dust, and insect droppings. Secondhand smoke is an irritant, as well as strong fumes.

You may want to consult with an asthma specialist (called a pulmonologist), if you haven't already.

To your health,

Kathi

Answered by Kathi MacNaughton