Asthmatics tend to get more illnesses than non-asthmatics but learning how to control those illnesses can have a positive effect on one’s asthma.
I think I have asthma. Now what? SYMPTOMS Some signs of asthma include a chronic cough, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, or wheezing. Talk to your doctor if you or your child has a cough that keeps you up at night, a cold that won’t go away, shortness of breath or wheezing after exercise, […]
Is My Asthma Under Control? Studies have shown that more than half of people with asthma are not properly managing it. Uncontrolled asthma can lead to frequent doctor and hospital visits, missed school or work and “presenteeism” where people show up to the office but aren’t working at full capacity because they’re having symptoms, or […]
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When a person with asthma is exposed to one of their “triggers” – such as allergens, cigarette smoke, exercise or viral infections, that person’s airways will produce mucus in the airways. Exposure to an allergic trigger, such as cat dander or tree pollen sets off that person’s immune system, causing inflammation and swelling in the […]
Avoiding the Triggers of Your Asthma It is important to know what triggers your asthma, so that you can avoid that trigger as much as possible. The following are some potential triggers, and advice on how to avoid them. Pet dander If animal dander, for example, from a cat or dog, triggers your asthma, experts […]
Back-to-School Month is also the month with the most hospital visits for asthma attacks. Learn about the triggers that Septeber brings and learn how to avoid them.
People often wonder how asthma will affect their life and in particular, their ability to exercise and play sports. But experts agree: with a combination of avoiding triggers and medication, people with asthma should be able to live active, healthy lives. In fact, it’s important that people with asthma do exercise, as this helps them […]
Most of the commonly used asthma medications are inhalers. These devices deliver medications right to the lungs, allowing them to work only where they are needed. Tips for Using Inhalers 1. Using inhalers correctly ensures maximum benefit of the medication. To check if you are using your inhaler correctly, demonstrate your technique in front of […]
Jolanta Piszczek is a pharmacist and Certified Asthma Educator (CAE). Asthma medications are commonly divided into two groups: the “relievers” and the “controllers”. Many people will use both –“controllers” to prevent asthma symptoms from occurring and “relievers” to treat occasional asthma symptoms. These drugs can come in a variety of forms. (See Devices section for […]