I asked Doc about 15 questions, and got them all answered before he escaped.
1. Is asthma a symptom or a diagnosis? A diagnosis. It is a disease, not a symptom of another disease.
2. Is it an autoimmune disease? Yes.
3. Do over-the-counter anti-inflammatories help the lungs? Absolutely not.
4. Is this a post-menopausal thing? Would hormones help? No, and no.
5. Is it the result of a compromised immune system due to aging. probably not.
6. Would staying on a low-dose antibiotic be a good idea? NO!!! Bad idea!
7. Could my screwed-up back be causing it? no.
8. Could allergies be causing it? Definitely. Asthma is your body misbehaving, wiring misfiring, etc. Something is triggering it that wasn't meant to be a trigger. It gets the message, for example, that pollen is invasive bacteria. When it misbehaves like this, it could potentially misinterpret and react to just about anything.
9. Does it bode an early demise? If the patient consistently does poorly on breathing tests, yes; otherwise not necessarily. (can be managed...)
10. A bit of A-fib with my asthma; is that normal? No; that is a separate issue. You need to discuss that with your primary physician. Could be your heart. I have to go now. My hand's been on this doorknob for the last 5 minutes. You are really growing tiresome and forgetting your place. Good-bye.
I made that last part up; but in the U.S that is how health care is. Any better across the pond?