Airway hyperresponsiveness describes your airway hyper activity when being tested for asthma through means such as the mannitol challenge. It’s a characteristic feature of asthma and consists of an increased sensitivity of the airways to an inhaled constrictor agonist, a steeper slope of the dose-response curve, and a greater maximal response to the agonist.
Smooth muscle constriction is the main component in the context of airway hyper-reactivity. These muscles and their reactions to things such as mannitol will help determine whether or not the patient has asthma.
Some people have hyperactive airways otherwise known as, twitchy airways, which can be discovered through mannitol testing. While there isn’t a lot that can be done for sensitive airways since airway epithelium is quite tough to alter, and honestly, there are ways to mitigate the pain and discomfort. There is ongoing research that is looking at ways that airway sensitivities may be modified. In some peoples experience, bronchodilators could offer temporary solutions/relief. They are known to be helpful in keeping hyper-reactive symptoms at bay.
A precise definition for reactive airways doesn’t exist yet but reactive airways disease is a highly nonspecific expression and may be used if asthma is suspected but not confirmed. This highlights that diagnosis of asthma in certain circumstances could be difficult to diagnose.
Asthma is often associated with “Hyper-reactive Airways” because asthma comprises a component of “hyper-reactivity”. Airway hyper-reactivity usually means that the airways are hyper-reactive to certain stimulation such as methacholine and mannitol.
“Airway hyperactivity” is a highly specific term with a definite meaning, in contrast to “airway reactivity”. It however, isn’t a disorder diagnosis but a term that identifies a physiological abnormality of the tooth. A common misuse of the term “reactive airway disease” is in correlation and confusion and asthma. This is commonly seen in the pediatric population to spell out coughing symptoms, wheezing, or shortness of breath that might be triggered by disease.
Through different means such as mannitol testing you can find out whether or not you have asthma. Test your airway hyper-reactivity today and get the help you need.
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