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  1. Treating Asthma in Children

    Learn which drugs treat asthma in children, and the top goals of asthma therapy for your child.

  2. Food Allergies and Asthma

    Learn more about the link between food allergies and asthma.

  3. Asthma in Children: 12 Questions to Ask Your Doctor

    Your child’s doctor is a vital resource for all your questions about asthma in children. Here’s a list of key questions to ask at your next appointment.

  4. Asthma Attack - Topic Overview

    An asthma attack (also called an acute asthma episode,flare-up,or exacerbation) is a sudden increase in the symptoms of asthma,including: Rapid,shallow,and difficult breathing. Feeling that you cannot take a deep breath (chest tightness). Children with chest tightness may complain of a stomachache. Whistling noises when breathing (wheezing). Coughing. The symptoms may be mild,moderate,...

  5. Asthma and Wheezing - Topic Overview

    Wheezing is a whistling noise that occurs when the bronchial tubes,which carry air to the lungs,narrow because of inflammation or mucus buildup. Wheezing is often present in asthma. During an asthma attack,the bronchial tubes become smaller. At first,the person may wheeze when breathing out. As the attack becomes worse,the person may also wheeze when breathing in. During a severe ...

  6. Asthma in Children: Helping a Child Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler and Mask Spacer

    Key pointsThe medications used for asthma are often delivered through a metered - dose inhaler (MDI). Using an MDI with a mask spacer:Helps a young child get an accurate dose of medication.Delivers most of a measured dose of medication directly to your child's lungs.Can help keep your child's asthma symptoms under control and may help prevent long - term damage to his or her lungs.May prevent or .

  7. Steroid Medicine for Asthma: Myths and Facts - Topic Overview

    Asthma is more than a day-to-day problem that makes your life difficult. Over time it damages your airways and lungs. That damage can lead to serious health problems. So it's important to keep your asthma under control with medicine.What are the types of asthma medicine?Daily controller medicine prevents asthma attacks. It helps stop problems before they happen. It also reduces inflammation in your lungs. These things help you control your asthma. A daily controller medicine isn't used to treat an asthma attack, because it works too slowly.Quick-relief medicine is for times when you can't prevent symptoms and need to treat them fast. It's not intended as the daily medicine you take to control your asthma.What are the facts about steroid controller medicine?One of the best tools for managing asthma is a controller medicine that has a corticosteroid (steroid). But some people worry about taking steroid medicines for asthma because of myths they've heard about them. If you're making a

  8. Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment - Topic Overview

    A nebulizer is a device used to deliver liquid medicine in the form of a fine mist (aerosol). It is sometimes used for asthma because:The medicine can be given over a longer period of time.It may be easier to use for small children or for people who have serious difficulty breathing or have trouble using an inhaler. A nebulizer uses a face mask or mouthpiece to deliver medicine. You breathe in the medicine through the mouthpiece or face mask. The mouthpiece or face mask needs to be cleaned after each use.In general, a nebulizer may not always be the best choice for delivering daily asthma medicines to children because it: Is hard to keep the mask on the child's face for the length of time needed for each treatment.Isn't mobile. It is an electrical device that must stay in place while the child uses it.Can be more expensive to use than a metered-dose inhaler (MDI).Can deliver more medicine than is needed, compared with an inhaler and a spacer. This makes it easier to give a child too

  9. Anticholinergics for Asthma

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for asthma.

  10. Asthma in Children: Knowing How Bad an Attack Is - Topic Overview

    It can be difficult to know whether your child is having a mild,moderate,or severe asthma attack. The following chart may help you. Talk with a doctor if you are unable to tell how severe your child's symptoms are. Gauging the severity of your child's asthma attack Factor Mild attack Moderate attack Severe attack Peak expiratory flow 80% to 100% of personal best 50% to 79% of personal best ...

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