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 ..
Asthma During Pregnancy - Topic Overview
Asthma is a fairly common health problem for pregnant women, including some women who have never had it before. During pregnancy, asthma not only affects you, but it can also cut back on the oxygen your fetus gets from you. However, this does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous to you or your fetus. Pregnant women with asthma that is properly ...
Asthma Diary - Topic Overview
An asthma diary helps you keep track of how well you are managing your asthma. You record your peak expiratory flow (PEF),your symptoms and what triggers them,and the quick-relief medicine you use to relieve the symptoms. Measure your PEF often,every morning and evening if possible,and record it in your diary. If you have symptoms or an asthma attack,record the trigger (if possible),...
Theophylline for Long-Term Control of Asthma
Drug details for Theophylline for long-term control of asthma.
Asthma: Taking Charge of Your Asthma
During an asthma attack,the airways swell and narrow. This makes it hard to breathe. Asthma is a lifelong problem,but it does not have to limit you. If you take charge of your asthma,you can lead a full and active life. There are two parts to taking charge of asthma: Controlling asthma over the long term. You and your doctor can make a daily treatment plan that helps reduce the swelling ...
Asthma: Overcoming Obstacles to Taking Medicines - Topic Overview
Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. Taking medicines and following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Taking daily medicines is often one of the hardest things to do. Here is a list of reasons people may not take medicines. Some possible solutions are listed too. Reasons people may not take ...
Asthma and Vocal Cord Problems - Topic Overview
Vocal cord dysfunction is the uncontrolled closing of the vocal cords when you breathe in. The symptoms can seem to be the same as those of asthma and may occur alone or along with asthma. If you have asthma and vocal cord dysfunction,it may be difficult for you to tell the difference between symptoms of the two conditions. Sometimes vocal cord dysfunction happens quickly and may require a ...
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: Symptoms of Difficulty Breathing - Topic Overview
It is important to know the symptoms of difficulty breathing in asthma. If you or your child is having trouble breathing,follow your asthma action plan. Mild difficulty breathing You are having mild difficulty breathing if: Your breathing is slightly faster than normal. Your skin color is normal. Moderate difficulty breathing Symptoms of moderate difficulty breathing include: Obviously ...
Systemic Corticosteroids for Relief During Asthma Attacks
Drug details for Systemic corticosteroids for quick relief during asthma attacks.