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  1. Asthma During Pregnancy - Topic Overview

    Asthma is a fairly common health problem for pregnant women, including some women who have never had it before. During pregnancy, asthma not only affects you, but it can also cut back on the oxygen your fetus gets from you. However, this does not mean that having asthma will make your pregnancy more difficult or dangerous to you or your fetus. Pregnant women with asthma that is properly ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Asthma in Teens and Adults - When to Call a Doctor

    If you have been diagnosed with asthma and have an asthma action plan, do the following. Callor other emergency services immediately if you are having severe asthma symptoms (in the red zone of your asthma action plan) and you have followed the plan, but:You are having severe difficulty breathing.20 to 30 minutes after taking the extra medication, you do not feel better and/or your peak ...

  4. Physical Exam for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on your history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. Unless you are having symptoms,the physical exam will not show signs of asthma. Your doctor will examine your nose,mouth,throat,and sinuses ( upper respiratory system ); ears; chest; and skin. Your doctor will also: Examine your nose for signs of increased nasal ...

  5. Asthma Action Plan

    An asthma action plan is a written plan that helps you manage sudden increases in your or your child's asthma symptoms (asthma attacks). It tells you what medication you need to use, based on the severity of the attack, and when you should call a health professional or seek emergency treatment. Your action plan is based on zones of asthma severity defined by symptoms and your personal best peak ..

  6. Topic Overview

    Understanding asthma can help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk of asthma attacks. The following statements summarize what you should know about asthma. If you do not know,or are not sure,about any of them,talk to your doctor. The more you understand about asthma,the better you will be able to follow your management plan and lead a full life. Statement Yes,I do No,I don't ...

  7. Short-Acting Beta2-Agonists for Quick Relief of Asthma Symptoms

    Drug details for Short-acting beta2-agonists for quick relief of asthma symptoms.

  8. Asthma in Teens and Adults - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about asthma:What is asthma?What causes asthma?Can I prevent asthma or asthma episodes?What are the symptoms of asthma?What happens in asthma?What increases my risk of asthma?How is the severity of asthma classified?What is occupational asthma?What is exercise - induced asthma?Who is affected?Being diagnosed:Who can diagnose asthma?How is asthma diagnosed?How is asthma monitored?Getting .

  9. Medical History for Asthma - Topic Overview

    Asthma usually is diagnosed based on the history of symptoms,a physical exam,lung function tests,and laboratory tests. The medical history is especially important if you or your child does not have symptoms at the time of the visit. Your doctor will probably ask whether you or your child: Has sudden severe episodes or recurrent episodes of coughing,wheezing,or shortness of breath,and how ...

  10. Asthma in Teens and Adults - What Increases Your Risk

    Many factors may increase your risk of developing asthma. Some of these are not within your control; others you can control. The major risk factors for developing asthma as an adult are ongoing (chronic) wheezing when you were a child and cigarette smoking.5Asthma risk factors that you cannot controlThe following risk factors are not within your control:Gender. In young adults, women have asthma .

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