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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. 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

  3. Topic Overview

    An asthma diary helps you keep track of how well you are managing your asthma. You record your peak expiratory flow (PEF),your symptoms and what triggers them,and the quick-relief medicine you use to relieve the symptoms. Measure your PEF often,every morning and evening if possible,and record it in your diary. If you have symptoms or an asthma attack,record the trigger (if possible),...

  4. Challenge Tests for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Exercise challenge and inhalation challenge tests are sometimes used to diagnose asthma and workplace asthma (occupational asthma). Exercise challenge test In an exercise challenge test,spirometry is done before and after you exercise on a treadmill or an exercise bicycle. Spirometry measures how much and how quickly you can breathe air in and out. An exercise challenge test can see what ...

  5. Long-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Long-acting beta2-agonists for long-term control of asthma.

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

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

  7. Asthma Action Plan

    An asthma action plan is a written plan that helps you manage sudden increases in your or your child's asthma symptoms (asthma attacks). It tells you what medication you need to use, based on the severity of the attack, and when you should call a health professional or seek emergency treatment. Your action plan is based on zones of asthma severity defined by symptoms and your personal best peak ..

  8. Mast Cell Stabilizers for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Mast cell stabilizers for long-term control of asthma.

  9. 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 ...

  10. Systemic Corticosteroids for Relief During Asthma Attacks

    Drug details for Systemic corticosteroids for quick relief during asthma attacks.

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