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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Asthma: Controlling Cockroaches - Topic Overview

    Exposure to cockroaches may increase asthma symptoms. Cockroaches leave behind particles from their feces, eggs, and shells that can cause an allergic reaction. Cockroaches are a problem in many homes, especially in the southern part of the United States. Here are some steps you can take to remove cockroaches from your home:Clean often. Pay special attention to carpets, upholstery, and bedding.Don't leave food lying around the house, especially at night.Keep all food in tightly sealed containers.Don't leave pet food and water out overnight.Clean up food spills right away.Keep your house dry. Increase ventilation to get rid of moisture.Don't leave garbage in open containers.Throw away or recycle mail, newspapers, and boxes. Cockroaches can hide in these items.Seal openings that cockroaches can use to enter your house. Pay special attention to windows, cracks in the wall, and gaps in the floor.Use sticky traps that catch cockroaches and can be thrown away.If you use cockroach bait or

  4. Asthma in Children - Other Treatment

    Allergy shots (immunotherapy) are used for children who have asthma symptoms when they are around substances to which they are allergic (allergens). Allergy shots have been shown to reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medications in some people.22 However, allergy shots are not equally effective for all allergens. Allergy shots should not be given when asthma is poorly controlled. For more ...

  5. 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

  6. Inhaled Corticosteroids for Long-Term Control of Asthma

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

  7. Anticholinergics for Asthma

    Drug details for Anticholinergics for asthma.

  8. Asthma in Children - Living With Asthma

    You can control the impact asthma has on your child's life by following your asthma plans consistently. A management plan can reduce inflammation to prevent long - term damage to your child's lungs and decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks. Your child may have difficulty following the plan because of its many different factors. To help you and your child remain consisten

  9. 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. ...

  10. Asthma in Children - What Increases Your Risk

    Many factors may increase the risk of a child developing asthma. Some of these are not within your control; others you can control.Asthma risk factors that you cannot controlGender. Among children, boys have asthma more often than girls (until the teen years, when prevalence is even). In young adults, women have asthma more often than men.Race. Asthma is more common in black children than in ...

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