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  1. Systemic Corticosteroids for Relief During Asthma Attacks

    Drug details for Systemic corticosteroids for quick relief during asthma attacks.

  2. Asthma in Children - Symptoms

    Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. Your child may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often your child has symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:Wheezing, 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 children. The cough usually is ...

  3. 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

  4. 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 ...

  5. Asthma: Overcoming Obstacles to Taking Medicines - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease that may last throughout your life-you must treat it long term. Taking medicines and following a management plan can be difficult over a long period of time. Taking daily medicines is often one of the hardest things to do. Here is a list of reasons people may not take medicines. Some possible solutions are listed too. Reasons people may not take ...

  6. Asthma and Vocal Cord Problems - 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 ...

  7. Asthma in Children: Helping a Child Use a Metered-Dose Inhaler and Mask Spacer

    Key pointsThe medications used for asthma are often delivered through a metered - dose inhaler (MDI). Using an MDI with a mask spacer:Helps a young child get an accurate dose of medication.Delivers most of a measured dose of medication directly to your child's lungs.Can help keep your child's asthma symptoms under control and may help prevent long - term damage to his or her lungs.May prevent or .

  8. Asthma in Children - What Happens

    Asthma often begins during childhood or the teen years and may last throughout your child's life. It can increase his or her risk of complications from lung and airway infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. At times, the inflammation found in asthma causes your child's airways to narrow and produce mucus, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath. The airways narrow when ...

  9. Asthma in Teens and Adults - What Happens

    Asthma often begins during childhood or the teen years and may last throughout your life. It can increase your risk for complications from lung and airway infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. At times, the inflammation from asthma causes a narrowing of your airways and mucus production, resulting in asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath. The airways narrow when they overreact to ...

  10. Breathing Problems: Using a Metered-Dose Inhaler

    Diseases affecting the lungs-such as asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)-share many of the same medications. These medications are often delivered through a metered - dose inhaler (MDI).Key pointsUsing an MDI:Delivers most of a measured dose of medication directly to your lungs.Can help keep your symptoms under control and may help prevent long - term ..

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