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  1. 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. ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Asthma: Educating Yourself and Your Child - Topic Overview

    Educating yourself and your family about asthma is essential for you and your child to have control of the disease. If you understand asthma,you will have an easier time following the different aspects of treatment,such as avoiding substances that cause symptoms (triggers) and knowing what to do during an asthma attack. Educate yourself or your child about: Asthma. Learn all that you can ...

  4. 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

  5. Asthma: Overuse of Quick-Relief Medicines - 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 ...

  6. Anticholinergics for Asthma

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for asthma.

  7. 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 .

  8. 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. ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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