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Asthma Health Center

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  1. Asthma: Identifying Your Triggers

    Asthma is a long - lasting (chronic) disease of the respiratory system. It causes inflammation in tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes). The inflammation makes your bronchial tubes likely to overreact to certain triggers. An overreaction can lead to decreased lung function, sudden difficulty breathing, and other symptoms of an asthma attack.If you avoid triggers, you can:Prevent some

  2. Long-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Long-Term Control of Asthma

    Drug details for Long-acting beta2-agonists for long-term control of asthma.

  3. Asthma in Children - Topic Overview

    Omalizumab (Xolair) is a medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in people age 12 and older with moderate or severe persistent asthma. It should be used only after first-line treatments (such as corticosteroids and long-acting beta2-agonists) have failed. Omalizumab is much more expensive than any of the conventional treatments for asthma,and its role in ...

  4. Asthma in Children - 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

  5. Inhaled Corticosteroids for Long-Term Control of Asthma

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

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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),...

  8. 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 .

  9. Breathing Problems: Using a Dry Powder Inhaler

    People who have asthma or other lung diseases that make it hard to breathe may use an inhaler to get the medicine they need into their lungs.

  10. 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 ...

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