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  1. Monitoring Asthma Treatment - 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 ...

  2. Asthma: How to Overcome Treatment Obstacles - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. But following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Here are some reasons you may not follow your management plan. Possible solutions are listed too. Asthma management plan problems Reasons you might not follow plan Possible solutions You may not fully understand ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Asthma Treatment Goals - Topic Overview

    The American Academy of Allergy,Asthma,and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy,Asthma,and Immunology (ACAAI) have developed guidelines for getting asthma under control. They list the goals of asthma treatment as: 1 Preventing long-term (chronic) symptoms that interfere with daily living,such as coughing or shortness of breath during the night or after exercise. ...

  5. 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 ..

  6. 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 ...

  7. Occupational Asthma - Topic Overview

    Occupational asthma develops when a person is exposed to a particular inhaled substance in the workplace. The term refers to new cases of asthma. But workplace exposure to substances that cause airway irritation or inflammation can make asthma worse in people who already have the condition. About 10% of adult asthma is classified as occupational asthma. 1 Occupational asthma is the most ...

  8. Asthma in Older Adults: Managing Treatment - Topic Overview

    Diagnosis and treatment of asthma can be a challenge if you are age 65 or older. You might have another medical condition that masks your asthma. Or you may be more likely to have side effects from asthma medicines or be at risk for reactions from the different medicines you may be taking.To treat your asthma, you and your doctor should work closely together, especially if you:Have a history of smoking or have long-term respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can make it hard to diagnose asthma.Have one or more other health conditions that can make asthma symptoms worse and complicate treatment, including sinusitis, heartburn, or heart failure. Some conditions, such as osteoporosis, can become worse when you use asthma medicines. Your doctor may prescribe asthma medicines that avoid making other medical problems worse and that interact the least with other medicines you may be taking.Have trouble performing lung function tests, which can make

  9. 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),...

  10. Physical Exam for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on your history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. Unless you are having symptoms,the physical exam will not show signs of asthma. Your doctor will examine your nose,mouth,throat,and sinuses ( upper respiratory system ); ears; chest; and skin. Your doctor will also: Examine your nose for signs of increased nasal ...

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