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Asthma Health Center

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  1. Asthma in Children - 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 ...

  2. Asthma in Children - What Happens

    Asthma often begins during childhood or the teen years and may last throughout your child's life. It can increase his or her risk of complications from lung and airway infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. At times, the inflammation found in asthma causes your child's airways to narrow and produce mucus, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath. The airways narrow when ...

  3. Asthma in Children - 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 ...

  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

    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 ...

  6. Anticholinergics for Asthma

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for asthma.

  7. Asthma in Children - 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 ...

  8. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

    Peak expiratory flow (PEF) measures how fast you or your child can breathe out using the greatest effort. It is used in the monitoring and treatment of asthma to determine how well your lungs are functioning. Your peak flow drops when the tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow. A decrease in the peak flow can show that the bronchial tubes have narrowed even before asthma ...

  9. Asthma in Children - 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

  10. Asthma in Children - 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 ...

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