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    1. Exercise-Induced Asthma - Topic Overview

      An asthma attack is a short period when breathing becomes difficult,sometimes along with chest tightness,wheezing,and coughing. When this happens during or after exercise,it is known as exercise-induced asthma or exercise-induced bronchospasm. About 70% to 90% of people with persistent asthma and about 10% of the population without asthma have exercise-induced asthma. 1,2 ...

    2. Asthma in Children - 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,...

    3. Asthma in Children - 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

    4. Long-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Long-Term Control of Asthma

      Drug details for Long-acting beta2-agonists for long-term control of asthma.

    5. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Topic Overview

      Omalizumab (Xolair) is a medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people age 12 and older with moderate or severe persistent asthma. It should be used only after first-line treatments (such as corticosteroids and long-acting beta2-agonists) have failed. Omalizumab is much more expensive than any of the conventional treatments for asthma,and its role in ...

    6. Asthma 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 ...

    7. Asthma in Children - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about asthma:What is asthma?What causes asthma?Can I prevent asthma or asthma attacks?What are the symptoms of asthma?What happens in asthma?What increases my child's risk of having asthma?How is the severity of asthma classified?What is exercise - induced asthma?Who is affected?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose asthma?How is asthma diagnosed?How does my child measure peak expiratory ...

    8. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      When you use inhaled asthma medicine,you usually use a device that delivers the medicine directly to your lungs. Different types of delivery systems are available,and one type may be more suitable for certain people,age groups,or medicine than another. The following table describes how asthma medicines may be delivered. Types of asthma medicines Delivery system and medicines Age group What ...

    9. Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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

    10. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      The severity of asthma can vary,and asthma often requires changes in your treatment to control it. To ensure that you are getting the proper treatment,you have to continuously monitor and evaluate the disease and communicate with your doctor. Symptoms Know the symptoms of poorly controlled asthma-wheezing,cough,chest tightness,or shortness of breath. Having a written record of what to do ...

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