Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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
Asthma in Teens and Adults - Other Treatment
Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are used for people who have asthma symptoms when they are around substances to which they are allergic (allergens). Allergy shots have been shown to reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medications in some people.17 For more information, see:Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic asthma?Allergy shots are similar to vaccinations because they ...
Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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 ...
Asthma in Teens and Adults - Topic Overview
Is this topic for you?This topic provides information about asthma in teens and adults. If you are looking for information about asthma in children age 12 and younger, see the topic Asthma in Children. What is asthma?Asthma makes it difficult for you to breathe. This can happen only every now and then, or in more severe cases, every day. Asthma may also last throughout your life (a chronic ...
When Should I Use My Inhaler?
If you have two inhalers and aren't sure when to use them, you're not alone. Learn what each type does and when you should use it.
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 ..
Asthma: Peak Expiratory Flow and Personal Best - Topic Overview
Peak expiratory flow (PEF) measures how fast you or your child can breathe out using the greatest effort. It is used in the monitoring and treatment of asthma to determine how well your lungs are functioning. Your peak flow drops when the tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow. A decrease in the peak flow can show that the bronchial tubes have narrowed even before asthma ...
How to Use a Metered Dose Inhaler With an Inspirease Spacer
WebMD provides tips for using a metered dose inhaler with an InspirEase spacer.
What Is Allergic Asthma?
Learn more about allergic asthma, what causes it, the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Allergy Tests and Asthma
Allergy tests can determine the exact cause of your allergy and asthma symptoms. Learn more about allergy tests.