Asthma in Teens and Adults - Living With Asthma
You can control the impact asthma has on your life by following your asthma plans consistently. A management plan can reduce inflammation to prevent long - term damage to your lungs and decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks. Following your plans may be difficult because of its many different factors. To help yourself remain consistent in following your asthma ...
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 - Cause
The cause of asthma is not known. 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 (be inherited). If this is the case in your family, you may be more likely than other people to develop long - lasting (chronic) ..
Asthma in Teens and Adults - Symptoms
Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. You may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often you have symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:Wheezing, which is 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 people. The cough usually is dry ...
Asthma in Teens and Adults - Treatment Overview
Although asthma cannot be cured, you can manage the symptoms with medications, especially inhaled corticosteroids and beta2 - agonists. You usually work with your health professional to develop a management plan consisting of a daily treatment plan and an asthma action plan. These plans help you meet treatment goals:Minimize long - term lung damage by treating the underlying inflammation to the ..
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 - Exams and Tests
A diagnosis of asthma is based on your medical history, a physical exam, and lung function tests. If you developed asthma in adulthood, your health professional will ask about your job to determine whether you have occupational asthma.Lung function tests can diagnose asthma, determine its severity, and check for complications.Spirometry is the most common test used to diagnose asthma. It measures
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 - 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.