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  1. 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

  2. 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. Medical History for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on the history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. The medical history is especially important if you or your child does not have symptoms at the time of the visit. Your doctor will probably ask whether you or your child: Has sudden severe episodes or recurrent episodes of coughing,wheezing,or shortness of breath,and how ...

  4. Asthma: Symptoms of Difficulty Breathing - Topic Overview

    It is important to know the symptoms of difficulty breathing in asthma. If you or your child is having trouble breathing,follow your asthma action plan. Mild difficulty breathing You are having mild difficulty breathing if: Your breathing is slightly faster than normal. Your skin color is normal. Moderate difficulty breathing Symptoms of moderate difficulty breathing include: Obviously ...

  5. Topic Overview

    Omalizumab (Xolair) is a medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people age 12 and older with moderate or severe persistent asthma. It should be used only after first-line treatments (such as corticosteroids and long-acting beta2-agonists) have failed. Omalizumab is much more expensive than any of the conventional treatments for asthma,and its role in ...

  6. Topic Overview

    Understanding asthma can help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk of asthma attacks. The following statements summarize what you should know about asthma. If you do not know,or are not sure,about any of them,talk to your doctor. The more you understand about asthma,the better you will be able to follow your management plan and lead a full life. Statement Yes,I do No,I don't ...

  7. Leukotriene Pathway Modifiers for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Leukotriene pathway modifiers for long-term control of asthma.

  8. Exercise-Induced Asthma - Topic Overview

    An asthma attack is a short period when breathing becomes difficult,sometimes along with chest tightness,wheezing,and coughing. When this happens during or after exercise,it is known as exercise-induced asthma or exercise-induced bronchospasm. About 70% to 90% of people with persistent asthma and about 10% of the population without asthma have exercise-induced asthma. 1,2 ...

  9. Topic Overview

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. But following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Here are some reasons you may not follow your management plan. Possible solutions are listed too. Asthma management plan problems Reasons you might not follow plan Possible solutions You may not fully understand ...

  10. Asthma in Older Adults: Managing Treatment - 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

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