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Asthma and Lung Allergies

Asthma is a common disease in the young and old, yet most people don't know that asthma is usually due to allergies in the lungs. This discussion focuses on the allergic causes and triggers of asthma so that patients can better understand how to control their disease. Many other forms of lung allergies are covered, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, which can mimic severe forms of asthma. COPD and emphysema, which can be confused with asthma, and chronic cough from various causes, are discussed by Daniel More, MD, a board-certified allergist.
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Exhaled Nitric Oxide Measurement To Determine Asthma Control
Find out how measuring exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) can be helpful for the management of asthma.

What is Bronchial Thermoplasty?
Learn about bronchial thermoplasty for the treatment of asthma.

Cough -- How to Fix a Cough
Learn about the most common causes of a cough, and how people have found a way to fix this common medical problem.

Can I Exercise if I Have Asthma?
Learn some important tips to exercise safely when you have asthma.

Exercise and Asthma -- Tips to Be Able to Exercise If You Have Asthma
Learn some useful tips on how to be able to better exercise if you have asthma.

Asthma and Halloween -- How to control your child's asthma on…
On Halloween night, many children will be running outside in the crisp autumn air with their friends. For most children, Halloween will be a safe night of trick-or-treating fun. But for children with asthma, Halloween night could be a source of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Some children with asthma may even end up in the emergency room. Learn how your asthmatic child can have a fun…

Swine Flu Prevention and Treatment -- Your Plans for Swine Flu Preven…
Share your plans on how to prevent swine flu, as well as how you'd plan to deal with the flu if you should contract it.

Asthma Education -- How Asthma Education has Helped Your Asthma
Find out from other readers how asthma education has helped to control their asthma, or their kids asthma.

Does having athlete's foot affect the severity of asthma?
Learn how having athlete's foot may affect your asthma symptoms.

Mold Allergy and Asthma
Learn how having mold allergy can cause worsening asthma.

Can Vitamin D Deficiency Cause Asthma Attacks?
Learn how vitamin D deficiency can worsen asthma control.

Vitamin D Deficiency Causes Asthma and Allergies
Learn how vitamin D deficiency may cause asthma and allergies.

Does Asthma Education Result in Better Asthma Control?
Learn how asthma education can benefit children with asthma.

How Can Swine Flu Be Treated in People with Asthma?
Learn how swine flu should be treated in people with asthma.

Influenza and Asthma
Learn how the flu should be treated in people with asthma.

Occupational Asthma
Up to 1 in 4 people with asthma is exposed to triggers in their jobs that causes or worsens their asthma. Learn about occupational asthma, how the diagnosis is made and how it's treated.

Sleep Apnea and Asthma
Learn why untreated sleep apnea can worsen asthma, and how treating sleep apnea makes asthma better.

Just Diagnosed with Asthma?
If you or your child was recently diagnosed with asthma, you may be confused by what this diagnosis means. Start here to learn the basics of asthma, find out what you should do next, and learn the ways to better manage your symptoms.

Asthma: The Basics
There is much confusion about asthma, and yet it is a very common disease. Many people can have symptoms for years without being diagnosed, while others are mistakenly diagnosed with asthma. Find out about the symptoms, diagnosis and ways to treat this potentially dangerous disorder from Dr. Daniel More, a board-certified allergist.

Exercise Induced Asthma
Learn about exercise-induced asthma, how it's diagnosed, ways to prevent it from occurring and treatments available once symptoms do occur.

How Do I Know if my Asthma is Controlled?
How to determine if your asthma is controlled.

Overview of Difficult-to-Control Asthma
Learn about the different diseases that could make asthma difficult to control.

Does acid reflux (heartburn) worsen asthma?
Learn about the associations between asthma and gastroesophageal reflux disease and how treatment with acid reflux medications may not be enough to control asthma worsened by GERD.

Is There a Link Between Nasal Allergies and Asthma Control?
Learn why uncontrolled allergies can affect control of asthma, and how simply treating nasal allergies can improve overall asthma symptoms.

How Do I Know that My Asthma Inhaler Is Empty?
Using an asthma inhaler until the device stops spraying means that you haven't been getting any medicine for quite some time. Learn how to determine when your asthma inhaler is empty - and when it's time to get a new one.

Asthma and Scuba Diving
Learn the risks of scuba diving if you have asthma, and what should be done to decrease these risks.

What is the best medication for asthma?
Have you ever wondered what the best medication is for asthma? It may not be the one that you're currently taking.

Can Acupuncture Help Treat Asthma?
Find out if acupuncture can help treat asthma.

Develop and Follow an Asthma Action Plan
By developing an asthma action plan, you can be better prepared to treat your (or your child's) asthma if symptoms start to worsen. With the use of colored zones, you can be reassured that your asthma is stable, or prompted to seek medical care if your peak flow measurements are low. Either way, you'll achieve better control of your (or your child's) asthma!

How to Use a Peak Flow Meter
Developing and using an asthma action plan starts with the correct use of a peak flow meter. Follow this tutorial to learn the correct way to use a peak flow meter.

I've heard bad news about Advair. Is this a safe drug for my asthma?
Many people with asthma are concerned about the safety of Advair, and whether they should continue to take this medication.

Cough: Causes and Treatment
Do you have a cough that won't go away? You're not alone! Cough is the most common symptom for which people see the doctor. Many people will have a cough that lasts only for a few weeks, while others can suffer from a cough that lasts for years. Find out the most common causes of cough, how a cough should be evaluated, and the treatments used for the various types.

Do Home Cleaning Chemicals Cause Asthma?
Have you ever coughed or had shortness of breath after breathing in fumes from household cleaners? If you use home cleaning sprays frequently, you may be at risk for developing asthma.

Prevention of Asthma in Children
Can asthma be prevented? There are many studies that have looked at a variety of ways to reduce the development of asthma in children, some successful and some not. Learn various strategies to possibly reduce the chance that your child will develop asthma in the future.

Vocal Cord Dysfunction
Vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) is a syndrome that closely mimics asthma. People with VCD are often labeled as severe asthmatics who don't respond to typical asthma therapies. Find out more about what VCD is, how it's diagnosed, how it's different from asthma, and the available treatments.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
The basics of COPD, including overview, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of this disease.

Alpha-1 Anti-Trypsin Deficiency
Alpha-1 anti-trypsin deficiency is an inherited enzyme deficiency that can cause emphysema and liver disease in adults. This disease should be suspected in people with emphysema who never smoked cigarettes. Learn more about this disease, how it's diagnosed and treatment options.

Emphysema
Learn the basics of emphysema, including the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this increasingly common disease.

Chronic Bronchitis
Chronic bronchitis is a form of COPD characterized by chronic cough and sputum production. Learn more about the basics of this disease, how it's diagnosed and the best ways to treat your symptoms.

Advair: Safety, Side Effects and the Black Box Warning
Advair is a popular combination medication used to treat asthma. In 2006, the FDA issued a "black box" warning on Advair, based on possible side effects of one of the components of this medication. Find out how Advair works, what the warning means, and whether or not you should use this medication.

Xolair in the Treatment of Asthma
Xolair is a relatively new injectable medication used to treat moderate to severe asthma. It is the only medication that acts to block allergic antibody, or IgE, which is the underlying trigger for allergic asthma. Find out more about how Xolair works, who should use it, and safety concerns regarding this medication.

Comparison of Rescue Medications Used to Treat Asthma
Short-acting beta-agonsits are used to treat the acute symptoms of asthma, resulting in immediate relief. This table offers a nice side-by-side comparison of the most commonly used rescue medications for asthma. Brand and generic names, common dosage amounts and pictures of the inhalers are included.

Comparison of Inhaled Steroids Used to Treat Asthma
Inhaled steroids are the preferred therapies to treat persistent asthma. This table offers a nice side-by-side comparison of the most commonly used inhaled steroids for asthma. Brand and generic names, common dosage amounts and pictures of the inhalers are included.

Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
Do you have severe asthma that is difficult to control with typical asthma medications? Do you have an allergy to the mold, Aspergillus? If so, then you could have ABPA, a disease that worsens asthma and is due to an allergic reaction to mold in the lungs.

Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) is caused by an immune reaction in the lungs to various proteins in the environment. People with HP are often diagnosed with recurrent pneumonia, cough and shortness of breath. Common causes include molds, pet birds, and plant particles.

Can I Stop Taking My Asthma Medicines During the Summer?
Learn why stopping your asthma medicines during the summer is not such a hot idea.

Is Exercise a Good Treatment for Asthma?
Exercise is a common trigger for worsening of asthma symptoms, but did you know that exercise can actually improve asthma control? While this seems like a bit of a catch-22, studies show that regular exercise can improve overall asthma control.

Should I Use Flovent, QVAR, Pulmicort, Alvesco, or Asmanex?
Inhaled steroids are the preferred controller therapy for the treatment of asthma. There are a number of different inhaled steroids available, so which one should you use -- Flovent, QVAR, Pulmicort, Alvesco, or Asmanex?

Is QVAR a Good Inhaled Steroid for Asthma?
Learn why QVAR is a good choice for an inhaled steroid for the treatment of asthma, including some advantages QVAR has over some other brands of inhaled steroids.

Benefits of Exercise in Asthma
Learn how regular exercise may be beneficial for people suffering from asthma.

Calcium and Vitamin D Prevent Bone Loss Caused by Inhaled Steroids
Learn how calcium and vitamin D supplements may prevent bone loss in people taking inhaled corticosteroids for asthma.

Winter Asthma Attacks in Obese People
Learn how vitamin D deficiency can lead to an increase in wintertime asthma exacerbations in overweight and obese asthmatics.

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