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   Posted 8/26/2013 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm 24 yrs old. Just an year back, i came to know that i am suffering from asthma. I used to have cough that wont stop for minimum 10 mins. Initially it was like i used to get this seasonally. But later i used to get in summer too.

I had initial tests like X-ray of chest. Which showed there is swelling in my left Lung.

Doctor suggested using inhaler for 2 months. I used it around a month and discontinued.

Later started using Homeopathy when i again got an attack stopped when it is controlled.

After an year of tests, Now I have severe headache and feeling of Chest tightening.

I am afraid to consult a doctor. Can anyone please let me know is there anything serious.

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   Posted 8/26/2013 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Asthma is nothing to fool around with.
You need to see a lung specialist for a full work up and find out if you need to get on a regular routine of preventive meds.
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   Posted 9/3/2013 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Joy is completely right.  Asthma is not a condition to take lightly.  When it is chronic and uncontrolled, it can be life-threatening.  Seek medical attention and be compliant when provided with a medication regimen.
Holistic treatments have their place in the world, but NOT when it comes to controlling asthma.  We're fortunate to live in a time when there are actually treatments for the underlying cause of this disease.  I'm 61 and when I was a child I suffered from allergies and asthma before there was anything other than an over the counter inhaler called Primatine Mist. It wasn't good.
Now doctors have a much better understanding of the condition and you can get help with it.  People can die of asthma, and they do.  If your breathing gets bad, get yourself to an emergency department.  See your primary care doctor, and if you can, get referred to an allergy/asthma specialist.
Have you tried taking an antihistamine?  The headache and increased tightness can be brought on by pollen exposure.  Another reason to see your doctor for a workup.  It is important to get the underlying lung inflammation under control.  That's what makes your asthma really improve.  Do you have a rescue inhaler?
You can do this!
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   Posted 9/4/2013 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
The above people is right, you don't want to mess with asthma. I messed with it, and found out if I went into the ER 30 minutes later I would of died, and there was nothing they could do to bring me back. I took my asthma serious after near death, because I did not take control of it. I went to the doctors, found a preventive and rescue treatment that I needed. After a few years, I was able to get off my preventive meds and now I know what most of my triggers are too so I don't have many asthma attacks. The most difficult for my asthma is when I am ill, and I have to use a nebulizer every 6 hours til I am better now. In this year, I have only used my inhaler 20 times and it wouldn't have been that much if there wasn't heavy smoke in the air from all the fires around us!
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