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 ...
Asthma in Teens and Adults - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. How to measure peak expiratory flow ...
Occupational Asthma - Topic Overview
Occupational asthma develops when a person is exposed to a particular inhaled substance in the workplace. The term refers to new cases of asthma. But workplace exposure to substances that cause airway irritation or inflammation can make asthma worse in people who already have the condition. About 10% of adult asthma is classified as occupational asthma. 1 Occupational asthma is the most ...
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),...
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 .
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
Long-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Long-Term Control of Asthma
Drug details for Long-acting beta2-agonists for long-term control of asthma.
Asthma During Pregnancy - Topic Overview
Asthma is a fairly common health problem for pregnant women, including some women who have never had it before. During pregnancy, asthma not only affects you, but it can also cut back on the oxygen your fetus gets from you. However, this does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous to you or your fetus. Pregnant women with asthma that is properly ...
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 ...