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    1. 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

    2. Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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 ...

    3. 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 .

    4. Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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 ...

    5. Asthma Triggers - 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 ...

    6. 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

    7. 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 ...

    8. 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

    9. Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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 ...

    10. 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 Asthma

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