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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Can Albuterol show up on breathalizer? Does Asthma go ever go away?

Every day at we get lots of asthma related questions. Below are some questions I thought my readers at the RT Cave would enjoy.

Question: Is there a connection between asthma and anemia?

My humble answer: As far as I know there is no documented link between asthma and anemia.

Question: Can Albuterol show up on a Breathalyzer?

My humble answer: According to materials I have read, Albuterol can register false positives on alcohol Breathalyzer tests. Some of the reasonings behind how this occurs is complicated to understand, but this post here explains it pretty well. If you are using an Albuterol inhaler, and you get pulled over, you should tell the officer you just used an asthma inhaler and tell him that you request a blood alcohol test. To read something a bit more complicated, you can read this court ruling.

Question: Does Asthma go away for both child stage and adult?

My humble answer:
It used to be believed that asthma went away when one became an adult, but we now know this is a fallacy. Even while it may appear your asthma is gone, it is still there in hiding.

There are many theories why asthma may appear to go away with time. One is as an asthmatic grows older his air passages become larger and are better capable of dealing with asthma triggers. Another is he learns to avoid his asthma triggers.

Asthma is a strange disease in that you can go week, months, even years without having asthma symptoms. But you must never forget that you still have asthma, and that you should continue to see your doctor at least once a year to monitor your asthma so he can adjust your medicine accordingly (if you still have to take it at all).

Question: does singulair have steroids in it and could it cause weight gain?

My humble answer: I have never heard of Singulair causing weight gain. For a complete list of possible side effects of this medicine check out this link.

If you have any further questions email me, or Visit's Q&A section.

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