I had a lung collapse and a severe asthma reaction,20 years later relapse with asthmatic exasperation?

I am a 35 year old male. I weigh 195 pounds and am 5 foot 9. I currently see a psychiatrist for OCD and Anxiety disorder. I am on 1-2 mg Alprazolam (as needed daily), and 200 mg of Sertraline. In addition to these medications, I have an albuterol inhaler that I take as needed — which is not very often, as I have very mild asthma.

(…) I have been free of using nebulizors, and other inhalers for 20 years — since I started high school. In these twenty years, I have not had a severe asthma reaction that warranted any concern. (…) I had a lung collapse when I was probably five years old, (…) But then it all went away! I went to college, ditched my medication and forgot all about my childhood ailment. (…)I have had pneumonia twice in the last ten years. I am NOT Tobacco smoker. I have for the last five years used cannabis on occasion (I use a double filter chambered water pipe)

On Sunday, 20th November, I woke up to a typical head cold. (…)

By Monday,(…) diagnosed with asthmatic exasperation, which I found very odd. (…) They gave me two nebulizer treatments (back to back), put me on prednisone, and gave me Amoxicillin. (…) Later that evening, things got worse, and my wife rushed me to the hospital (…)

My breathing was terrible. What I could breathe, which was extremely little, was an extremely loud and audible high pitched gurgling sound. I was admitted and began receiving nebulizer treatments every two hours. (…)I’m still doing nebulizer treatments on the machine I haven’t used in twenty years, and taking 40mg of prednisone. The hospital agreed, asthmatic exasperation. (…)

( My question ) How could I go twenty years virtually symptom free of asthma, to randomly, out of the blue, literally on my deathbed from this childhood affliction? In the last twenty years I have been exposed to so many things that never set my asthma off.

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Dr Ahmed Fawzy
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Dr Ahmed Fawzy

In my opinion sudden onset of asthmatic exasperation could be chest infection
If was your doctor i would do a sputum culture to check for any bacterial infection
I would try to treat the cause not the symptoms

Good Luck

Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

Hi and welcome to question doctors.com
It is normal to get asthmatic after and at any time… Even you have passed through many things that could have caused you symptoms..
Your lung capacity and fitness plus your immunity changes by time.. And your body reaction to specific allergen can change according to many factors ..try to figure out the cause although it is mostly your immunity and capacity and focus on treating the cause

Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi
acute exacerbations of asthmatic attacks can occur due to weather changes or reduced lung capacity.
get spirometry done to assess the lung functions. deep breathing exercises and yoga will be helpful in a long run.
thanks

shw12
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shw12

HI
THIS CAN HAPPEN DUE TO LUNG CONSOLIDATION AND COLLAPSE.
A CT SCAN OF CHEST AND A CONSULTATION WITH CHEST PHYSICIAN ARE THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS THAT NEED TO BE FULFILLED.
LUNG SPIROMETER TESTS FOR LUNG FUNCTION AFFECTION CAN BE DONE .

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
it seems that these symptoms are due to reactionary bronchospasm occuring due to bronchial asthma. get ct chest done and a sputum examination done to assess the cause. then bronchodilators can be started.

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