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Asthma Health Center

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  1. Exercise-Induced Asthma - 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 ...

  2. 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

  3. How Asthma Develops in Children - Topic Overview

    Educating yourself and your family about asthma is essential for you and your child to have control of the disease. If you understand asthma,you will have an easier time following the different aspects of treatment,such as avoiding substances that cause symptoms (triggers) and knowing what to do during an asthma attack. Educate yourself or your child about: Asthma. Learn all that you can ...

  4. Asthma in Children - Other Treatment

    Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are used for children who have asthma symptoms when they are around substances to which they are allergic (allergens). Allergy shots have been shown to reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medications in some people.22 However, allergy shots are not equally effective for all allergens. Allergy shots should not be given when asthma is poorly controlled. For more ...

  5. Asthma in Children - 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

  6. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

    The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program has classified asthma as: Intermittent. Mild persistent. Moderate persistent. Severe persistent. These classifications are based on severity,which is determined by symptoms and lung function tests. You should be assigned to the most severe category in which any feature occurs. 1 Classification is based on symptoms before treatment. ...

  7. 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 .

  8. Asthma Action Plan

    An asthma action plan is a written plan that helps you manage sudden increases in your or your child's asthma symptoms (asthma attacks). It tells you what medication you need to use, based on the severity of the attack, and when you should call a health professional or seek emergency treatment. Your action plan is based on zones of asthma severity defined by symptoms and your personal best peak ..

  9. Exercise-Induced Asthma - 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 ...

  10. Asthma in Children - Prevention

    While there is no certain way to prevent asthma, you can take steps to reduce your child's airway inflammation and the likelihood of asthma attacks.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.9 However, other studies indicate that there is no protective effect and that breast - feeding may increas

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