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    1. Asthma in Children - Treatment Overview

      Although your child's asthma cannot be cured, you can manage the symptoms with medications, especially inhaled corticosteroids and beta2 - agonists. You and your child will usually work with your health professional to develop a management plan consisting of a daily treatment plan and an asthma action plan. These plans help you and your child meet treatment goals:Minimize long - term lung damage b

    2. Asthma in Children - Medications

      Medication does not cure asthma. However, it is an important part of managing the condition. Medications for asthma treatment are used to:Prevent and control the underlying airway inflammation, to minimize long - term lung damage.Decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks.Treat the attacks as they occur.Asthma medications are divided into two groups: those for prevention and

    3. 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. ...

    4. Asthma in Children - Cause

      The cause of asthma is unknown. Health experts believe that inherited, environmental, and immune system factors combine to cause inflammation of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to the lungs. This can lead to asthma and asthma attacks. Asthma may run in families (inherited). If this is the case in your family, your child may be more likely than other children to develop long - lasting (chronic

    5. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Topic Overview

      Is this topic for you?This topic provides information about asthma in teens and adults. If you are looking for information about asthma in children age 12 and younger, see the topic Asthma in Children. What is asthma?Asthma makes it difficult for you to breathe. This can happen only every now and then, or in more severe cases, every day. Asthma may also last throughout your life (a chronic ...

    6. Asthma in Teens and Adults - 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. ...

    7. 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 ...

    8. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

      Wheezing is a whistling noise that occurs when the bronchial tubes,which carry air to the lungs,narrow because of inflammation or mucus buildup. Wheezing is often present in asthma. During an asthma attack,the bronchial tubes become smaller. At first,the person may wheeze when breathing out. As the attack becomes worse,the person may also wheeze when breathing in. During a severe ...

    9. Anticholinergics for Asthma

      Drug details for Anticholinergics for asthma.

    10. Asthma in Children - What Increases Your Risk

      Many factors may increase your risk of developing asthma. Some of these are not within your control; others you can control. The major risk factors for developing asthma as an adult are ongoing (chronic) wheezing when you were a child and cigarette smoking.5Asthma risk factors that you cannot controlThe following risk factors are not within your control:Gender. In young adults, women have asthma .

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