How Asthma Develops in Children - Topic Overview
Asthma is the most common long-lasting (chronic) disease of childhood. It usually develops before age 5. 1 Many children who have allergies get asthma,but not all. And not every child with asthma has allergies. In most cases of persistent asthma,the first symptoms (such as wheezing ) start in the first years of life. One study notes that about 25% of children with persistent asthma began ...
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
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 ...
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 ...
Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment - 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
Asthma Action Plan: Red Zone - Topic Overview
An asthma action plan is a written plan of what to do if you have an asthma attack. You are in the red zone of your asthma action plan if you have severe asthma symptoms. Symptoms include: Peak expiratory flow less than 50% of your personal best measurement. To find 50% of your personal best,multiply your personal best measurement by 0.50. For example,if your personal best flow is 400,then ...
Asthma Action Plan: Green Zone - Topic Overview
An asthma action plan is a written plan of what to do if you or your child has an asthma attack. The green zone of the asthma action plan is where a person with asthma wants to be every day. When in the green zone: The peak expiratory flow is 80% to 100% of the person's personal best measurement. To find 80% of your personal best,multiply your personal best measurement by 0.80. For example,...
Occupational Asthma - Topic Overview
Occupational asthma develops when a person is exposed to a particular inhaled substance in the workplace. The term refers to new cases of asthma. But workplace exposure to substances that cause airway irritation or inflammation can make asthma worse in people who already have the condition. About 10% of adult asthma is classified as occupational asthma. 1 Occupational asthma is the most ...
Medical History for Asthma - Topic Overview
Asthma usually is diagnosed based on the history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. The medical history is especially important if you or your child does not have symptoms at the time of the visit. Your doctor will probably ask whether you or your child: Has sudden severe episodes or recurrent episodes of coughing,wheezing,or shortness of breath,and how ...
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 ..