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Asthma Health Center

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  1. Asthma: Taking Charge of Your Asthma

    During an asthma attack,the airways swell and narrow. This makes it hard to breathe. Asthma is a lifelong problem,but it does not have to limit you. If you take charge of your asthma,you can lead a full and active life. There are two parts to taking charge of asthma: Controlling asthma over the long term. You and your doctor can make a daily treatment plan that helps reduce the swelling ...

  2. Asthma in Children - 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

  3. Asthma in Children - 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 ...

  4. Breathing Problems: Using a Metered-Dose Inhaler

    Diseases affecting the lungs-such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-share many of the same medications. These medications are often delivered through a metered - dose inhaler (MDI).Key pointsUsing an MDI:Delivers most of a measured dose of medication directly to your lungs.Can help keep your symptoms under control and may help prevent long - term ..

  5. Asthma During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a fairly common health problem for pregnant women, including some women who have never had it before. During pregnancy, asthma not only affects you, but it can also cut back on the oxygen your fetus gets from you. However, this does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous to you or your fetus. Pregnant women with asthma that is properly ...

  6. Long-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Long-acting beta2-agonists for long-term control of asthma.

  7. Asthma in Children - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Asthma: Taking Charge of Your AsthmaAsthma: Using an Asthma Action Plan

  8. Short-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Quick Relief of Asthma Symptoms

    Drug details for Short-acting beta2-agonists for quick relief of asthma symptoms.

  9. Asthma in Children - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Asthma: Taking Charge of Your Asthma

  10. Asthma in Children - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about asthma:What is asthma?What causes asthma?Can I prevent asthma or asthma episodes?What are the symptoms of asthma?What happens in asthma?What increases my risk of asthma?How is the severity of asthma classified?What is occupational asthma?What is exercise - induced asthma?Who is affected?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose asthma?How is asthma diagnosed?How is asthma monitored?Getting .

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