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Asthma

Precursors of Asthma

03/20/2001

Question:

I have had a sinus infection since January. I went on Levaquin for one round, but it did not clear up. I went back on it for two more weeks, and it did start to clear up but then I developed an upper respirtory infection which caused it to flare up again. I was put on Claritin, Durasef, and the inhaler Flovent. I have seasonal allergies which usually cause great discomfort and require a steroid shot each year. I was told that I am having a difficult time fighting off these upper repiratory infections when they develop. I seem to develop bronchitis quite a bit also. It was recommended that I could try taking Singulair, daily, to see if this would help lessen the symptoms. Before this year I never had a problem with wheezing, but it seems to develop whenever my allergies flare or I get a cold. Does this mean I am developing asthma. I was hospitalized several times, as a child with pneumonia and allergy problems. I am 42 and have never smoked. I have worked as a day care teacher for 12 years and I am exposed to a great deal of viruses. Thank you.

Answer:

It sounds like you`re asking for a specific diagnosis, which is more than I can provide online. Only a detailed history and physical exam by a healthcare professional can provide enough information to make a specific diagnosis. Please discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider.

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Response by:

Mitchell C Rashkin, MD Mitchell C Rashkin, MD
Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati