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  1. Asthma in Children - Cause

    The cause of asthma is unknown. Health experts believe that inherited, environmental, and immune system factors combine to cause inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. This can lead to asthma and asthma attacks. Asthma may run in families (inherited). If this is the case in your family, your child may be more likely than other children to develop long - lasting (chronic

  2. Asthma Attack - Topic Overview

    An asthma attack (also called an acute asthma episode,flare-up,or exacerbation) is a sudden increase in the symptoms of asthma,including: Rapid,shallow,and difficult breathing. Feeling that you cannot take a deep breath (chest tightness). Children with chest tightness may complain of a stomachache. Whistling noises when breathing (wheezing). Coughing. The symptoms may be mild,moderate,...

  3. Asthma in Children - When to Call a Doctor

    If your child has been diagnosed with asthma and has an asthma action plan (which tells you what medications to take during an asthma attack), do the following. Callor other emergency services immediately if your child has severe asthma symptoms (in the red zone of the asthma action plan) and you have followed the plan, but:Your child is still having severe difficulty breathing.20 to 30 minutes ..

  4. Classification of Asthma - Topic Overview

    The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program has classified asthma as: Intermittent. Mild persistent. Moderate persistent. Severe persistent. These classifications are based on severity,which is determined by symptoms and lung function tests. You should be assigned to the most severe category in which any feature occurs. 1 Classification is based on symptoms before treatment. ...

  5. Asthma: Identifying Your Triggers

    Asthma is a long - lasting (chronic) disease of the respiratory system. It causes inflammation in tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes). The inflammation makes your bronchial tubes likely to overreact to certain triggers. An overreaction can lead to decreased lung function, sudden difficulty breathing, and other symptoms of an asthma attack.If you avoid triggers, you can:Prevent some

  6. Asthma: Using an Asthma Action Plan

    When you or your child has asthma, you need to treat the underlying inflammation to avoid long - term lung damage, and you need to know how to quickly treat a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms (asthma attack). You do this through daily treatment and action plans.A daily asthma treatment plan says in writing how you are to treat the daily inflammation in the lungs. It helps prevent or slow th

  7. 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 .

  8. Asthma in Children - What Happens

    Asthma often begins during childhood or the teen years and may last throughout your child's life. It can increase his or her risk of complications from lung and airway infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. At times, the inflammation found in asthma causes your child's airways to narrow and produce mucus, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath. The airways narrow when ...

  9. Topic Overview

    Medicines for quick relief of the narrowed bronchial tubes caused by asthma include short-acting beta2-agonists. These medicines relieve sudden increases of symptoms ( asthma attacks ) quickly. But overuse may be harmful. Overuse of short-acting beta2-agonists has been associated with worsening asthma and increased risk of death. 1 People who have severe asthma usually are the ones at ...

  10. Steroid Medicine for Asthma: Myths and Facts - Topic Overview

    Asthma is more than a day-to-day problem that makes your life difficult. Over time it damages your airways and lungs. That damage can lead to serious health problems. So it's important to keep your asthma under control with medicine.What are the types of asthma medicine?Daily controller medicine prevents asthma attacks. It helps stop problems before they happen. It also reduces inflammation in your lungs. These things help you control your asthma. A daily controller medicine isn't used to treat an asthma attack, because it works too slowly.Quick-relief medicine is for times when you can't prevent symptoms and need to treat them fast. It's not intended as the daily medicine you take to control your asthma.What are the facts about steroid controller medicine?One of the best tools for managing asthma is a controller medicine that has a corticosteroid (steroid). But some people worry about taking steroid medicines for asthma because of myths they've heard about them. If you're making a

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