Asthma and Lung Allergies
Exhaled Nitric Oxide Measurement To Determine Asthma Control
Find out how measuring exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) can be helpful for the management of asthma.
Can I Exercise if I Have Asthma?
Learn some important tips to exercise safely when you have 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.
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.
How Do I Know if my Asthma is Controlled?
How to determine if your asthma is controlled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asthma and Scuba Diving
Learn the risks of scuba diving if you have asthma, and what should be done to decrease these risks.
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.
Learn the basics of emphysema, including the causes, symptoms, and treatments of this increasingly common disease.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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?
Benefits of Exercise in Asthma
Learn how regular exercise may be beneficial for people suffering from asthma.
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.
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.