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Peak Expiratory Flow Rate-PEFR

Peak Expiratory Flow Rate: Definition – PEFR measures how fast a person can breathe out or exhale air. It is a test that measures how efficient the lungs are working. This test is done by a peak expiratory flow monitor – a small handheld device with a mouthpiece at one end and a scale with a moveable indicator – usually a small …

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Treating Asthma – Medications

Generally medications are used to treat asthma, prevent asthma and control asthma symptoms, to reduce the number and severity of asthma episodes and to improve airflow. Mainly two types of asthma medications which are widely used: Anti-inflammatory medicines Anti-inflammatory medicines are the most essential medicines for most asthmatics(under Statistical). Anti-inflammatory medications reduce swelling and mucus production in the airways. As a solution, airways …

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Asthma Medication Question and Answer

Question: Can Asthma be cured? Answer: No cure for asthma – not at this moment yet. Nevertheless, following an asthma action plan can assist to keep asthma under control. Question: Why do we need to have different kind of asthma medicines? Answer: Generally there are two different types of asthma medication – a controller and a reliever. Asthma is inflammation of the …

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Asthma Triggers

Most or in fact ALL asthma patients for any period of time, you have likely come to and identifying point some of the things that make the asthma worse by triggering. You may have found that if you run to catch the bus on a cold winter’s day, you begin to cough and breathe heavily. Perhaps if you are around cigarette smoke …

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Asthma Action Plan

Asthma is a force in the system that stimulates change in a condition where the narrowing of the air passageways that impairs breathing in asthma is variable. Most people who have asthma knows, one’s breathing can be fine one day and very difficult the subsequent day. In fact, under certain circumstances one’s asthma can flare up in a matter of minutes. …

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How To Manage An Asthma Attack

Initial step in dealing with an asthma attack is identifying that an attack is present. Normally if one is having a severe attack and can’t breathe recognition of the attack is no problem.But at other times it is all very easy to minimize one’s symptoms of an asthma attack — to attribute them to a cold or an allergy, or to assume …

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Severe Asthma Attacks And Action Plan

  For severe asthma attacks , or where the breathing and PEFR (Peak Expiratory Flow Rate) are getting worse rather than better, the steroids will need to be taken by orally (by mouth). You will need to begin a short course of oral steroids or if you take oral steroids on a regular basis, the dose will need to be increased. …

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Bronchodilators

 Seriously know that none of the bronchodilator medicines treats the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. The serious mistake that you can make in treating an attack of asthma is to depend solely on bronchodilators when your asthma attack is not getting better, or when it improves only briefly, then worsens again. Subsequent medicines are needed to treat the swelling and …

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Treating Asthma Attack

The utmost best initial treatment for an asthma attack is your inhaled beta-agonist bronchodilator (e.g., albuterol, Ventolin®, Proventil®, Maxair®, Alupent®, etc.). It works fast within 5 minutes. For it to be effective, you must inhale the medication slowly and deeply into your lungs. The usual dose is two inhalations or puffs, although for severe attacks you may obtain greater relief …

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Asthma Medication Guide

Asthma medication guide are the need for good asthma control and asthma management. The below description are to help you to understand and follow your or your child’s asthma action plan. Educate yourself all you can about your or your child’s asthma medications. Know what medications are included in the action plan, when these medications should be taken, their expected …

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Asthma Terms

Action plan: A list or a chart that tells you what to do if you have asthma symptoms , depending on their severity. Your action plan must also tell you what to do when you do not have any symptoms under preventive care. Albuterol: Asthma medication – read short-acting beta-agonist below. Allergic asthma: A chronic, inflammatory disorder of the airways characterized by …

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Asthma Diagnosis

Health professionals will ask about any symptoms you have and how severe they are, when, where they happen, how often they happen, and what triggers and relieves them. These data will assist your health professionals find ways to help prevent asthma attacks. Your doctor also will want to know about your personal history of allergies and respiratory illnesses, as well as your …

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Asthma Symptoms-Difficulty In Breathing

     Asthma Symptoms: Wheezing (a whistling sound) Difficulty breathing Chest tightness Persistent cough People with chronic cough has the main symptom. For others, symptoms flare up only during or after exercise. In-between asthma attacks or flare-ups, people with mild or moderate asthma may not have any symptoms. Patients with asthma tend to have more severe symptoms when they have an upper …

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Asthma-What Is It?

 Asthma is a chronic lung diseases that causes breathing difficulties and wheezing when air passages narrow and become inflamed. The situation ranges from mild to severe. Some people have only intermittent, mild symptoms, while others have almost constant symptoms with severe, life-threatening flare-ups. During an asthma attack, the airways become inflamed and narrower as the muscles surrounding them constrict. The …

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Meaning Of Allergy – Asthma

An allergy refers to an altered beyond normal reaction by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign body matters. It is altered beyond normal because these foreign substances are usually seen by the body as harmless and no response happens in non- allergic people. Allergic people’s bodies recognize the foreign substance and one part of the immune system …

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Asthma Symptoms In Children

 Asthma in children are a common condition which affects many globally. Asthma can vary from child to child, for example many children have mild asthma symptoms for most of the time whereas some usually have more troublesome symptoms. Childhood asthma and adult asthma have the same underlying cause — inflammation of the airways. This inflammation makes the airways overly sensitive, …

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Asthma Monitoring

There are many simple to use strategies that can increase the effectiveness of any asthma treatment plan. Although your symptoms may be well managed and controlled by medications, it is vital to remember that the more pro-active you are in managing your asthma, the more you will find that your symptoms are under control. Following these guidelines will give you …

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Managing Asthma and Allergies

What causes allergies? An allergy takes place as the immune system over-reacts to allergens. Allergens may be dust mites, pollen, latex, insect stings, nuts etc. Sometimes the autoimmune system makes a mistake and incorrectly picks out nontoxic substances as harmful. When a substance is considered to harmful, the autoimmune system releases chemical compounds to combat the allergen(s). These chemical compounds …

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Know About Asthma in Children

Asthmatic children encounter a lot of difficulties and parents also face a lot of obstacles as they try to make their children come to terms with their asthma condition. A pediatrician is the best person to guide you during this time and he can give you some simple tips to help your child understand and cope with the condition and …

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