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  1. Everyday Pain Relief: Asthma

    If you have asthma, you most likely work hard to avoid triggers. You shut the windows when the air is thick with pollen. You steer clear of homes with pets. You banish smokers to your front porch. But did you know that a potentially serious asthma trigger might be sitting in your medicine cabinet ri

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  2. Is Asthma Changing Your Appetite or Weight?

    When it comes to asthma and appetite, doctors and dietitians worry most about patients who eat too much, shun exercise for fear of becoming breathless, and end up being overweight. But in a small minority of patients, poorly controlled asthma can leave them too breathless and fatigued to eat properl

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  3. Asthma, Stress, and Anxiety: A Risky Cycle

    You’ve been battered by a recent layoff, and high-stakes job interviews are taxing your nerves. As your financial worries mount, so do your attacks of shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing. Is there a relationship between asthma and stress?   Yes, says Peter Gergen, MD, MPH, a senior medical o

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  4. Could Your Migraines Signal Uncontrolled Asthma?

    In the doctor’s office, it’s a familiar combination: a patient with both asthma and migraine. Each disease tends to run in families, but are the two conditions also linked? If so, once a person gains better control of asthma symptoms, might the excruciating headaches ease, too? Headache specialist R

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  5. HFA Asthma Inhalers: Making the Switch

    By Jan. 1, 2009, millions of Americans with asthma and those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will have to make the switch from CFC-propelled inhalers to HFA-propelled inhalers, if they haven't already. The change comes as a result of a federal ban on CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) albuterol in

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  6. Treating Asthma: Personalized Medicine

    A lot of people think that treating asthma is simple: when you start wheezing, just take a puff from a rescue inhaler. But it's not so straightforward for most people. Every case of asthma is different and the disease can take many forms. So each person's treatment needs to be different too. The med

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  7. Tracking Asthma Symptoms: Key to Control

    Asthma symptoms are like the weather -- they change often and may seem unpredictable. But also like the weather, careful tracking of asthma symptoms can help identify patterns and what they may say about your asthma control. Research has shown that tracking and rating your asthma symptoms are key st

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  8. Breathe Easily: Winter Asthma Advice

    As winter weather rolls in, so do colds and flu. But for those with asthma, it can be an especially stressful time of year because even a simple cold virus can trigger a major asthma event. "In asthma, the lungs are already irritable and more reactive. So any virus that impacts the lungs has a prope

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  9. Inside the Asthma Guide: A Doctor's Tour

    Not sure where to start? Dr. Enright, asthma and allergy specialist, helps you navigate WebMD’s comprehensive and up-to-date Asthma Guide so you can live and breathe easier.

  10. Learning to Live with Asthma

    By Denise Grady Two young brothers with the same chronic illness. One mother's struggle...and what she knows now about keeping her children healthy. When I first learned that my older son had asthma, I imagined that it would go away in a few weeks or months. I clung to that bit of denial, I guess, b

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