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  1. Asthma: Identifying Your Triggers

    Asthma is a long - lasting (chronic) disease of the respiratory system. It causes inflammation in tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes). The inflammation makes your bronchial tubes likely to overreact to certain triggers. An overreaction can lead to decreased lung function, sudden difficulty breathing, and other symptoms of an asthma attack.If you avoid triggers, you can:Prevent some

  2. Asthma: Measuring Peak Flow

    As someone with asthma, you know how important it is to monitor your condition. You need to know how well your lungs are "working"-is their ability to move air in and out staying the same, or is it getting better or worse? When you monitor your asthma, you can control it. When you control your asthma, you also control your life-you do what you want to do, and your asthma does not limit you. ...

  3. Asthma: Pollen as a Trigger - Topic Overview

    Pollens in the air can trigger asthma symptoms in children and adults who are allergic to trees,grass,and weeds. When pollen levels are high,you or your child may need to: Stay inside. Pollen levels vary with the seasons,area of the country,and local plants. Watch local weather reports for pollen counts in your area. Keep doors and windows closed. People who are allergic to pollens may ...

  4. Asthma in Children: Knowing How Bad an Attack Is - 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 ...

  5. Classification of Asthma - 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. ...

  6. Anticholinergics for Asthma

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for asthma.

  7. Asthma: Controlling Cockroaches - 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

  8. Asthma Action Plan: Yellow Zone - Topic Overview

    An asthma action plan is a written plan of what to do if you have a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms ( asthma attack ). The yellow zone may mean that you are having an asthma attack or that your medicine needs to be increased. In the yellow zone,your peak expiratory flow is 50% to 80% of your personal best measurement. To find 80% of your personal best,multiply your personal best ...

  9. Steroid Medicine for Asthma: Myths and Facts - Topic Overview

    Asthma is more than a day-to-day problem that makes your life difficult. Over time it damages your airways and lungs. That damage can lead to serious health problems. So it's important to keep your asthma under control with medicine.What are the types of asthma medicine?Daily controller medicine prevents asthma attacks. It helps stop problems before they happen. It also reduces inflammation in your lungs. These things help you control your asthma. A daily controller medicine isn't used to treat an asthma attack, because it works too slowly.Quick-relief medicine is for times when you can't prevent symptoms and need to treat them fast. It's not intended as the daily medicine you take to control your asthma.What are the facts about steroid controller medicine?One of the best tools for managing asthma is a controller medicine that has a corticosteroid (steroid). But some people worry about taking steroid medicines for asthma because of myths they've heard about them. If you're making a

  10. Asthma and Wheezing - Topic Overview

    Wheezing is a whistling noise that occurs when the bronchial tubes,which carry air to the lungs,narrow because of inflammation or mucus buildup. Wheezing is often present in asthma. During an asthma attack,the bronchial tubes become smaller. At first,the person may wheeze when breathing out. As the attack becomes worse,the person may also wheeze when breathing in. During a severe ...

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