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  1. Food Allergies and Asthma

    Learn more about the link between food allergies and asthma.

  2. Treating Asthma in Children

    Learn which drugs treat asthma in children, and the top goals of asthma therapy for your child.

  3. Topic Overview

    Peak expiratory flow (PEF) measures how fast you or your child can breathe out using the greatest effort. It is used in the monitoring and treatment of asthma to determine how well your lungs are functioning. Your peak flow drops when the tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow. A decrease in the peak flow can show that the bronchial tubes have narrowed even before asthma ...

  4. Asthma: Educating Yourself and Your Child - Topic Overview

    Educating yourself and your family about asthma is essential for you and your child to have control of the disease. If you understand asthma,you will have an easier time following the different aspects of treatment,such as avoiding substances that cause symptoms (triggers) and knowing what to do during an asthma attack. Educate yourself or your child about: Asthma. Learn all that you can ...

  5. Inhaled Corticosteroids for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Inhaled corticosteroids for long-term control of asthma.

  6. Classification of Asthma - 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: Pollen as a Trigger - Topic Overview

    Pollens in the air can trigger asthma symptoms in children and adults who are allergic to trees,grass,and weeds. When pollen levels are high,you or your child may need to: Stay inside. Pollen levels vary with the seasons,area of the country,and local plants. Watch local weather reports for pollen counts in your area. Keep doors and windows closed. People who are allergic to pollens may ...

  9. Nebulizer for Asthma Treatment - 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

  10. Asthma Attack - Topic Overview

    An asthma attack (also called an acute asthma episode,flare-up,or exacerbation) is a sudden increase in the symptoms of asthma,including: Rapid,shallow,and difficult breathing. Feeling that you cannot take a deep breath (chest tightness). Children with chest tightness may complain of a stomachache. Whistling noises when breathing (wheezing). Coughing. The symptoms may be mild,moderate,...

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