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  1. 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) ..

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

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

  3. Asthma in Teens and Adults - What Increases Your Risk

    Many factors may increase your risk of developing asthma. Some of these are not within your control; others you can control. The major risk factors for developing asthma as an adult are ongoing (chronic) wheezing when you were a child and cigarette smoking.5Asthma risk factors that you cannot controlThe following risk factors are not within your control:Gender. In young adults, women have asthma .

  4. Asthma in Teens and Adults - When to Call a Doctor

    If you have been diagnosed with asthma and have an asthma action plan, do the following. Callor other emergency services immediately if you are having severe asthma symptoms (in the red zone of your asthma action plan) and you have followed the plan, but:You are having severe difficulty breathing.20 to 30 minutes after taking the extra medication, you do not feel better and/or your peak ...

  5. 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

  6. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Prevention

    Although there is no certain way to prevent asthma, you can take steps to reduce airway inflammation and the likelihood of asthma attacks.The evidence concerning breast - feeding and the risk of a child developing asthma is conflicting. One study has found that feeding an infant breast milk exclusively in the first 9 months of life may reduce the child's risk of developing asthma.8 However, other

  7. 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

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ..

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