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ASTHMATIC OR COPD

hello I'm a 37 years old female since nov ,9 2017 I've been having shortness of breath I"m only shortness of breath when i talk or a shortness of breath attack come on when I talk I went to the urgent care doctor his said I may be allergy asthmatic he prescribed me claritin I still was having shortness of breath so I went to the ER they did x-ray and ran test the x-ray and test came back clear the er doctor said I might be asthmatic and prescribed me a inhaler and then I bought some zyrtec so now I take claritin & zyrtec cut on the air conditioner I feel a little better and now it slow down the attacks

I can"t get in to a primary care doctor until jan.25,2018 and then I will have to get referred to a specialist please someone help me is it asthmatic or copd

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You'll have to see both an allergist and a pulmonary(lung) Dr. to have tests done to determine if it's allergy related or if you do indeed have COPD. Follow along with what you have been given so far. It will be ok.

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thank you

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Hi, I understand your confusion. I have both ( my copd only mild), but only need to be treated for asthma right now. My pulmonary doctor was able to care for the the asthma as well. He prescribed asmanex once a day & that has been helpful. What helps me the most is walking. I breath better as a result of doing that. I hope you get referred to a good specialist. Pls keep us posted. I'll be praying for you. God bless, Terri

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thank you

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See a pulmonary doctor and get a pulmonary function test done, this way you will know if it's asthma or copd. some people including me have both asthma and copd. I'm not sure that you should be taking both Claritin and Zyrtec, they both do the same thing. I take Zyrtec and find it works good. Allergic to Claritin.

Does your insurance require you to get a referral from PCP? If not then call a pulmonary doctor and make an appointment yourself. Don't wait for some doctor to it.

What inhaler did you get put on?

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thank you yes my doctor have to referral me

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so 18 days ago i went to the urgent care office because i was still shortness of breath the doctor said it might be my allergy she ask did i a dog yes i do she suggested that i put the dog in the garage for 2 days and see if it's any difference and prescribed me montelukast yes it help 3 days later jan.5,2018 i got in to my primary care doctor she pull my x-ray and test i took at the emergency she said it was all normal and it just might be allergy so the doctor told me to keep taking the meds until feb.2,2018 the same day i had a side effect from the montelukast so that day cold turkey on the meds i do have allergy flare-up in the morning stuffy nose ear popping i cut on the air sometime it work

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