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Reactive Airway Disease- Different from Asthma


Reactive Airway disease is not exactly a medical term, rather it is used to describe a medical condition resulting because of a set of symptoms that may or may not be caused by asthma.

Reactive Airway Disease affects 1-18% of the population in different countries.[1]

Reactive Airway Disease does not have a clear definition because it is used to describe different conditions. It is often confused with conditions like Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, etc.

Reactive Airway Disease is
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests of imaging may be required
- May or not be cured depending upon the intensity of the condition


The most common symptoms of Reactive Airway Disease are:
- Coughing
- Wheezing
- Shortness of breath
- Swollen mucous membrane
- Excess mucus in the bronchial tube
- Hypersensitive airways
The chances of developing Reactive Airway Disease increases if a person smokes. In that case the chances may be doubled.


Self-care: Staying away from irritants like pet hair, pollen grains, smoke, perfumes, strong odours is the best way to avoid the development of Reactive Airway Disease. Also, quitting smoking habit will be an effective method to reduce the chances of developing this disease.

Medication: On diagnosing this disease, doctors may recommend breathing and relaxation exercises or a rescue inhaler. Although there are no clear treatment guidelines of the diseases, emergency oxygen therapy can be used in urgent cases.

Specialists: It is always recommended to seek medical advice of doctors in different or other cases. mfine will provide information related to various medical conditions. But you can also come on board for a holistic treatment.

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