Asthma Risk Factors
Some of the risk factors for asthma may surprise you. Find out more about what things can trigger an asthma attack.
Confused about choosing an asthma specialist? Learn about the different doctors who treat asthma.
Health Conditions That Mimic Asthma
Learn about other health conditions that have symptoms that mimic asthma. Find out how to tell if you have asthma or something else.
Lung Function Tests for Asthma
To diagnose asthma or other lung problems, your doctor may perform lung function or pulmonary function tests. Learn more.
Asthma in Children - Medications
Medication does not cure asthma. However, it is an important part of managing the condition. Medications for asthma treatment are used to: Prevent and control the underlying airway inflammation to minimize long - term lung damage.Decrease the severity, frequency, and duration of asthma attacks.Treat the attacks as they occur.Asthma medications are divided into two groups: those for prevention and
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 ...
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
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
Asthma in Children - When to Call a Doctor
If your child has been diagnosed with asthma and has an asthma action plan (which tells you what medications to take during an asthma attack), do the following. Callor other emergency services immediately if your child has severe asthma symptoms (in the red zone of the asthma action plan) and you have followed the plan, but:Your child is still having severe difficulty breathing.20 to 30 minutes ..
Asthma in Children - Exams and Tests
Diagnosis of asthma is based on medical history, physical examination, and simple lung function tests such as spirometry. Diagnosing asthma in babies and toddlers is often very difficult. Symptoms may be the same as those of other diseases, such as infection with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia), sinuses (sinusitis), and small airways (bronchiolitis). If .