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  1. 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 ...

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

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

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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

  6. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. How to measure peak expiratory flow ...

  7. Asthma: Overcoming Obstacles to Taking Medicines - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. Taking medicines and following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Taking daily medicines is often one of the hardest things to do. Here is a list of reasons people may not take medicines. Some possible solutions are listed too. Reasons people may not take ...

  8. Physical Exam for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on your history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. Unless you are having symptoms,the physical exam will not show signs of asthma. Your doctor will examine your nose,mouth,throat,and sinuses ( upper respiratory system ); ears; chest; and skin. Your doctor will also: Examine your nose for signs of increased nasal ...

  9. Asthma in Teens and Adults - What Increases Your Risk

    Many factors may increase your risk of developing asthma. Some of these are not within your control; others you can control. The major risk factors for developing asthma as an adult are ongoing (chronic) wheezing when you were a child and cigarette smoking.5Asthma risk factors that you cannot controlThe following risk factors are not within your control:Gender. In young adults, women have asthma .

  10. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Medications

    Medication does not cure asthma. However, it is an important part of managing the condition. Medications for asthma treatment are used to:Prevent and control the underlying airway inflammation, to minimize long - term lung damage.Decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks.Treat the attacks as they occur.Asthma medications are divided into two groups: those for prevention and

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