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  1. Asthma in Children - What Increases Your Risk

    Many factors may increase the risk of a child developing asthma. Some of these are not within your control; others you can control.Asthma risk factors that you cannot controlGender. Among children, boys have asthma more often than girls (until the teen years, when prevalence is even). In young adults, women have asthma more often than men.Race. Asthma is more common in black children than in ...

  2. Asthma in Children - 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

  3. Asthma in Children - Symptoms

    Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. Your child may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often your child has symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:Wheezing, a whistling noise of varying loudness that occurs when the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow.Coughing, which is the only symptom for some children. The cough usually is ...

  4. Topic Overview

    Asthma is the most common long-lasting (chronic) disease of childhood. It usually develops before age 5. 1 Many children who have allergies get asthma,but not all. And not every child with asthma has allergies. In most cases of persistent asthma,the first symptoms (such as wheezing ) start in the first years of life. One study notes that about 25% of children with persistent asthma began ...

  5. Asthma: Controlling Cockroaches - Topic Overview

    Exposure to cockroaches may increase asthma symptoms. Cockroaches leave behind particles from their feces, eggs, and shells that can cause an allergic reaction. Cockroaches are a problem in many homes, especially in the southern part of the United States. Here are some steps you can take to remove cockroaches from your home:Clean often. Pay special attention to carpets, upholstery, and bedding.Don't leave food lying around the house, especially at night.Keep all food in tightly sealed containers.Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.Clean up food spills right away.Keep your house dry. Increase ventilation to get rid of moisture.Don't leave garbage in open containers.Throw away or recycle mail, newspapers, and boxes. Cockroaches can hide in these items.Seal openings that cockroaches can use to enter your house. Pay special attention to windows, cracks in the wall, and gaps in the floor.Use sticky traps that catch cockroaches and can be thrown away.If you use cockroach bait or

  6. Asthma: Measuring Peak Flow

    As someone with asthma, you know how important it is to monitor your condition. You need to know how well your lungs are "working"-is their ability to move air in and out staying the same, or is it getting better or worse? When you monitor your asthma, you can control it. When you control your asthma, you also control your life-you do what you want to do, and your asthma does not limit you. ...

  7. Asthma in Children: Knowing How Bad an Attack Is - Topic Overview

    It can be difficult to know whether your child is having a mild,moderate,or severe asthma attack. The following chart may help you. Talk with a doctor if you are unable to tell how severe your child's symptoms are. Gauging the severity of your child's asthma attack Factor Mild attack Moderate attack Severe attack Peak expiratory flow 80% to 100% of personal best 50% to 79% of personal best ...

  8. Asthma in Children - Exams and Tests

    Diagnosis of asthma is based on medical history, physical examination, and simple lung function tests such as spirometry. Diagnosing asthma in babies and toddlers is often very difficult. Symptoms may be the same as those of other diseases, such as infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia), sinuses (sinusitis), and small airways (bronchiolitis). If .

  9. 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

  10. Topic Overview

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. But following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Here are some reasons you may not follow your management plan. Possible solutions are listed too. Asthma management plan problems Reasons you might not follow plan Possible solutions You may not fully understand ...

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