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Asthma Health Center

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  1. 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

  2. Asthma in Children - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Asthma: Taking Charge of Your Asthma

  3. 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 ...

  4. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

    Asthma is more than a day-to-day problem that makes your life difficult. Over time it damages your airways and lungs. That damage can lead to serious health problems. So it's important to keep your asthma under control with medicine.What are the types of asthma medicine?Daily controller medicine prevents asthma attacks. It helps stop problems before they happen. It also reduces inflammation in your lungs. These things help you control your asthma. A daily controller medicine isn't used to treat an asthma attack, because it works too slowly.Quick-relief medicine is for times when you can't prevent symptoms and need to treat them fast. It's not intended as the daily medicine you take to control your asthma.What are the facts about steroid controller medicine?One of the best tools for managing asthma is a controller medicine that has a corticosteroid (steroid). But some people worry about taking steroid medicines for asthma because of myths they've heard about them. If you're making a

  5. Asthma in Children - Symptoms

    Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. You may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often you have symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:Wheezing, which is a whistling noise of varying loudness that occurs when the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow.Coughing, which is the only symptom for some people. The cough usually is dry ...

  6. Asthma in Children - 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),...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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

  9. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

    Vocal cord dysfunction is the uncontrolled closing of the vocal cords when you breathe in. The symptoms can seem to be the same as those of asthma and may occur alone or along with asthma. If you have asthma and vocal cord dysfunction,it may be difficult for you to tell the difference between symptoms of the two conditions. Sometimes vocal cord dysfunction happens quickly and may require a ...

  10. Asthma in Children - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Asthma: Taking Charge of Your Asthma

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