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  1. Treating Asthma in Children

    Learn which drugs treat asthma in children, and the top goals of asthma therapy for your child.

  2. 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 ...

  3. Asthma: Using an Asthma Action Plan

    When you or your child has asthma, you need to treat the underlying inflammation to avoid long - term lung damage, and you need to know how to quickly treat a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms (asthma attack). You do this through daily treatment and action plans.A daily asthma treatment plan says in writing how you are to treat the daily inflammation in the lungs. It helps prevent or slow th

  4. 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

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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,...

  9. Asthma Attack - Topic Overview

    An asthma attack (also called an acute asthma episode,flare-up,or exacerbation) is a sudden increase in the symptoms of asthma,including: Rapid,shallow,and difficult breathing. Feeling that you cannot take a deep breath (chest tightness). Children with chest tightness may complain of a stomachache. Whistling noises when breathing (wheezing). Coughing. The symptoms may be mild,moderate,...

  10. 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

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