Reasons to treat mild asthma?

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   Posted 11/25/2009 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I have very mild asthma most of the time. When I go running, I cough a bit. If I don't, I'm likely to cough a bit too, especially in the morning, evening, and after meals. I produce phlem regularly. I have an albuterol inhaler in case I get a real attack. I also have been prescribed daily inhalers in the past, but don't think enough of my symptoms to want to treat them regularly.

I always heard that chronic inflammation can have major consequences on long-term health, but recently I read that poorly controlled asthma increases a person's risk of developing lung cancer by 66%. I've never smoked, so my chances of developing lung cancer may be almost non-existent, making that 66% nothing worth worrying about. I'm not sure.

Are there other reasons to treat very mild asthma symptoms? Should I be treating my asthma?

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   Posted 11/25/2009 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes. And you are being very unwise on NOT treating it. Your mild asthma can become an MAJOR issue. One time I started blacking out on a city bus cuz of smokers all around me. I used my inhaler, it didnt help. By the time I got to the ER I knew I was going to black out majorly and knew I had to get into the ER. I got as far as someone in scrubs who asked if he could help me, I handed my inhaler and BLACK eveyrthing went. I woke up to smelling salts and a whole team around me, a nurse for each vital, monitors on me. And I was in the MAIN waiting room in a wheelchair. I was so critical they had to stabilize me before moving me. I was able to gage that I was out for quite a few minutes cuz when I was stabilized I was rushed into a room and respitory was already there. How does that tell me I was out for quite a bit? Because I was working in the medical field, right along with the nurses and I know how long it takes for a respitory team to get to a room. Despite my medical training, I decided to think I could handle it and put it off til I knew I couldnt handle it. I was told that night if I came in 30 minutes later, which would of been the next bus, I would of died and they couldnt do a thing about it because of how deprived of oxygen I was. So I chose now to treat my asthma, instead of gambling with my life.
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   Posted 11/25/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't read that untreated asthma can lead to you have a link of what you read so I can read it too? But even if you don't smoke, it doesn't mean you can't get lung cancer. There are so many pollutants in the air and second hand smoke that it is very possible to still get cancer much like a person who never drinks can get scirosis (sp?) of the liver. Also by not treating your asthma, it can become possibly more severe over time. If you don't want to rely on a daily inhaler, what about other maintenance medications such as Singulair?
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   Posted 11/25/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
SmurfyShadow~Sounds like a very frightening experience. I'm glad that you have your asthma under control now. Fortunately, I don't have any major allergic triggers like that and have only ever had major attacks in response to viruses. I have no reason to think that my life is in danger.

Red_34 said...
I haven't read that untreated asthma can lead to you have a link of what you read so I can read it too?

Unfortunately, I don't have a link. I read it in Understanding Pathophysiology by Huether and McCance.

Red_34 said...
Also by not treating your asthma, it can become possibly more severe over time.

I looked it up and I see that you're right. I didn't know that asthma is a progressive disease. Actually, it makes sense that it could progress to cancer since it causes damage to airway epithelial cells with altered remodeling (similar to smoking) and increased cell proliferation.

Guess I'll be researching medications and making an appointment with a doctor. rolleyes

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   Posted 11/26/2009 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad your going to go get a asthma doctor and get some help...
good luck to you and I hope you find a good asthma doctor...
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