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Asthma Health Center

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  1. Asthma in Children - 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. Mast Cell Stabilizers for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Mast cell stabilizers for long-term control of asthma.

  3. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

    Exposure to cockroaches may increase asthma symptoms. Cockroaches leave behind particles from their feces, eggs, and shells that can cause an allergic reaction. Cockroaches are a problem in many homes, especially in the southern part of the United States. Here are some steps you can take to remove cockroaches from your home:Clean often. Pay special attention to carpets, upholstery, and bedding.Don't leave food lying around the house, especially at night.Keep all food in tightly sealed containers.Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.Clean up food spills right away.Keep your house dry. Increase ventilation to get rid of moisture.Don't leave garbage in open containers.Throw away or recycle mail, newspapers, and boxes. Cockroaches can hide in these items.Seal openings that cockroaches can use to enter your house. Pay special attention to windows, cracks in the wall, and gaps in the floor.Use sticky traps that catch cockroaches and can be thrown away.If you use cockroach bait or

  4. Theophylline for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Theophylline for long-term control of asthma.

  5. Asthma in Children - What Happens

    Asthma often begins during childhood or the teen years and may last throughout your life. It can increase your risk for complications from lung and airway infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. At times, the inflammation from asthma causes a narrowing of your airways and mucus production, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath. The airways narrow when they overreact to ...

  6. 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 ..

  7. Asthma in Children - Other Treatment

    Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are used for people 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.17 For more information, see:Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic asthma?Allergy shots are similar to vaccinations because they ...

  8. Asthma in Children - Treatment Overview

    Although asthma cannot be cured, you can manage the symptoms with medications, especially inhaled corticosteroids and beta2 - agonists. You usually work with your health professional to develop a management plan consisting of a daily treatment plan and an asthma action plan. These plans help you meet treatment goals:Minimize long - term lung damage by treating the underlying inflammation to the ..

  9. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

    Medicines for quick relief of the narrowed bronchial tubes caused by asthma include short-acting beta2-agonists. These medicines relieve sudden increases of symptoms ( asthma attacks ) quickly. But overuse may be harmful. Overuse of short-acting beta2-agonists has been associated with worsening asthma and increased risk of death. 1 People who have severe asthma usually are the ones at ...

  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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