Adult-Onset Asthma Directory
Adult-onset asthma occurs when asthma symptoms appear in adults over 20. It could be associated with allergies or could be triggered by environmental factors at work or home. Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and more. Risk factors include a family history of asthma or allergies, smoking in your home, and living in urban areas. Asthma treatments usually include anti-inflammatory medications such as inhaled steroids and bronchodilators. Many use inhalers or nebulizers to take their medications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how adult-onset asthma is caused, how to treat it, and much more.
WebMD explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of adult-onset asthma.
Asthma in Older Adults: Managing Treatment-Topic Overview
Diagnosis and treatment of asthma can be a challenge if you are age 65 or older. You might have another medical condition that masks your asthma. Or you may be more likely to have side effects from asthma medicines or be at risk for reactions from the different medicines you may be taking.To treat your asthma, you and your doctor should work closely together, especially if you:Have a history of smoking or have long-term respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can make it hard to diagnose asthma.Have one or more other health conditions that can make asthma symptoms worse and complicate treatment, including sinusitis, heartburn, or heart failure. Some conditions, such as osteoporosis, can become worse when you use asthma medicines. Your doctor may prescribe asthma medicines that avoid making other medical problems worse and that interact the least with other medicines you may be taking.Have trouble performing lung function tests, which can make
Asthma in Teens and Adults-Medications
Medication does not cure asthma. However, it is an important part of managing the condition. Medications for asthma treatment are used to:Prevent and control the underlying airway inflammation, to minimize long - term lung damage.Decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks.Treat the attacks as they occur.Asthma medications are divided into two groups: those for prevention and
Asthma in Teens and Adults-What Happens
Asthma often begins during childhood or the teen years and may last throughout your life. It can increase your risk for complications from lung and airway infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. At times, the inflammation from asthma causes a narrowing of your airways and mucus production, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath. The airways narrow when they overreact to ...
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Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Asthma
Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening lung condition. Learn about asthma symptoms and treatment options, as well as what causes asthma and what can trigger an asthma attack.
Slideshow: Rate Your Asthma Symptoms
Are your asthma symptoms serious? Rate and track your asthma symptoms here for better asthma control.
Slideshow: 10 Worst Cities for Asthma
If you have asthma, some cities are harder places to live in than others. Here are the Top 10 “Asthma Capitals” for 2015, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.