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For example, see the latest guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma from the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (written by experts from the United States). While the report is lengthy, you can read small sections or do a search for specific terms such as "inhaled corticosteroids" or "asthma management." The "Crashing Asthmatic," provided by the American Family Physician, describes the signs, symptoms, and emergency treatment of a patient with a severe asthma attack (called status asthmaticus) who deteriorates into respiratory failure despite initial treatment. Understanding the early warning signs can allow you to seek immediate help for yourself or a loved one when treatment is most effective.

If you are planning to get pregnant, it's important to understand how pregnancy can affect your asthma. In addition, the National Jewish Medical and Research Center provides a wealth of information on living with asthma during pregnancy, managing asthma during labor and delivery, and breast feeding when you have asthma. If your infant or toddler suffers with asthma, check out the information provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation on asthma in infants. You can learn why some young children are more susceptible to breathing problems. Also, take your older child on a virtual stroll through the streets of Breatherville USA™ provided by the Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics, and learn strategies to control asthma at home, school, and in the neighborhood.

Consider participating in The American Lung Association’s Asthma Walk, a nationwide effort to bring attention to the devastating effects of asthma in the U.S. Check out the National Allergy Bureau’s current pollen and mold spore levels, provided by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (also known as the quad A I). You can find the most accurate and reliable pollen and mold counts, plus tips for dealing with outdoor allergens.

So, read on. Learn, and breathe well with asthma!

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