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    1. Asthma in Children - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about asthma:What is asthma?What causes asthma?Can I prevent asthma or asthma attacks?What are the symptoms of asthma?What happens in asthma?What increases my child's risk of having asthma?How is the severity of asthma classified?What is exercise - induced asthma?Who is affected?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose asthma?How is asthma diagnosed?How does my child measure peak expiratory ...

    2. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      When you use inhaled asthma medicine,you usually use a device that delivers the medicine directly to your lungs. Different types of delivery systems are available,and one type may be more suitable for certain people,age groups,or medicine than another. The following table describes how asthma medicines may be delivered. Types of asthma medicines Delivery system and medicines Age group What ...

    3. Asthma in Children - Treatment Overview

      Although your child's asthma cannot be cured, you can manage the symptoms with medications, especially inhaled corticosteroids and beta2 - agonists. You and your child will 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 and your child meet treatment goals:Minimize long - term lung damage b

    4. Asthma in Children - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Asthma: Taking Charge of Your AsthmaAsthma: Using an Asthma Action Plan

    5. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      Diagnosis and treatment of asthma can be a challenge if you are age 65 or older. You might have another medical condition that masks your asthma. Or you may be more likely to have side effects from asthma medicines or be at risk for reactions from the different medicines you may be taking.To treat your asthma, you and your doctor should work closely together, especially if you:Have a history of smoking or have long-term respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can make it hard to diagnose asthma.Have one or more other health conditions that can make asthma symptoms worse and complicate treatment, including sinusitis, heartburn, or heart failure. Some conditions, such as osteoporosis, can become worse when you use asthma medicines. Your doctor may prescribe asthma medicines that avoid making other medical problems worse and that interact the least with other medicines you may be taking.Have trouble performing lung function tests, which can make

    6. Asthma in Children - 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),...

    7. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Topic Overview

      Medicines for quick relief of the narrowed bronchial tubes caused by asthma include short-acting beta2-agonists. These medicines relieve sudden increases of symptoms ( asthma attacks ) quickly. But overuse may be harmful. Overuse of short-acting beta2-agonists has been associated with worsening asthma and increased risk of death. 1 People who have severe asthma usually are the ones at ...

    8. Asthma Triggers - Topic Overview

      An asthma trigger is a factor that can lead to sudden difficulty breathing or other symptoms of asthma ( asthma attack ). Some triggers are substances a person may be allergic to ( allergens ). Allergens cause the body's natural defenses ( immune system ) to produce chemicals called immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These chemicals bind to allergens,causing inflammation of the bronchial ...

    9. Breathing Problems: Using a Dry Powder Inhaler

      People who have asthma or other lung diseases that make it hard to breathe may use an inhaler to get the medicine they need into their lungs.

    10. Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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 ...

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