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 ...
Asthma in Teens and Adults - Exams and Tests
A diagnosis of asthma is based on your medical history, a physical exam, and lung function tests. If you developed asthma in adulthood, your health professional will ask about your job to determine whether you have occupational asthma.Lung function tests can diagnose asthma, determine its severity, and check for complications.Spirometry is the most common test used to diagnose asthma. It measures
Assessing Your Asthma Knowledge - Topic Overview
Understanding asthma can help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk of asthma attacks. The following statements summarize what you should know about asthma. If you do not know,or are not sure,about any of them,talk to your doctor. The more you understand about asthma,the better you will be able to follow your management plan and lead a full life. Statement Yes,I do No,I don't ...
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 in Children - Prevention
While there is no certain way to prevent asthma, you can take steps to reduce your child's airway inflammation and the likelihood of asthma attacks.One study has found that feeding an infant breast milk exclusively in the first 9 months of life may reduce the child's risk of developing asthma.9 However, other studies indicate that there is no protective effect and that breast - feeding may increas
Asthma in Teens and Adults - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. How to measure peak expiratory flow ...
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 ...
Asthma: Using an Asthma Action Plan
When you or your child has asthma, you need to treat the underlying inflammation to avoid long - term lung damage, and you need to know how to quickly treat a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms (asthma attack). You do this through daily treatment and action plans.A daily asthma treatment plan says in writing how you are to treat the daily inflammation in the lungs. It helps prevent or slow th
Long-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Long-Term Control of Asthma
Drug details for Long-acting beta2-agonists for long-term control of asthma.
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 ...