Asthma is a chronic lung disease that involves inflammation and narrowing of the airways. This results in symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. Asthma can affect anyone of any age and the severity of symptoms varies greatly amongst individuals. Not everyone who presents with symptoms of asthma ...

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Introduction: Asthma

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. You ...1

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Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma affects everyone differently and the range and severity of symptoms varies from person to person. Find out more about the common and uncommon symptoms of asthma. What are the common symptoms of asthma? The most common symptoms of asthma ...

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Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. Sometimes asthma symptoms are mild and go away on their ...2

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Complications of Asthma

Aging with Asthma: Many people live long, healthy lives with asthma. But, some medicines (for example beta-blockers or aspirin) used to treat age-related health issues can interfere with your asthma treatment or even make your asthma worse. Be ...3

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Causes of Asthma

To understand asthma, it helps to know how the airways work. The airways are tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. People who have asthma have inflamed airways. The inflammation makes the airways swollen and very sensitive ...4

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Causes List for Asthma

Some possible causes of Asthma or similar disorders may include:5

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Types of Asthma

There are different types of asthma and knowing what type you have can help you better manage your condition. Exercise-Induced Asthma Exercise-induced asthma is a form of asthma that is triggered by exercising too strenuously or for too ...

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Types of Asthma

A small percentage of people with asthma have a hard time controlling their symptoms even when they take their medicines regularly. Their airways become extremely inflamed and particularly sensitive to asthma triggers. They wheeze more, wake more throughout the night ...6

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Diagnosis: Asthma

Initial Visit: The initial visit with the doctor involve determining whether the patient has asthma or some other condition that may be causing similar symptoms. Diagnosis of asthma will usually involve a thorough medical and physical examination as well as ...

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Differential Diagnosis: Asthma

Not everyone who suffers symptoms of asthma will necessarily have asthma. There are many conditions that mimic some or all of the symptoms of asthma so it is important to seek professional advice to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Conditions that ...

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Genetics of Asthma

Research shows that asthma runs in families. When one or both parents have asthma, a child is more likely to develop it, too. This is known as genetic susceptibility. ...Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)7 ...

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Risk Factors: Asthma

Certain risk factors increase the chance that an individual will develop asthma. These risk factors include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Exposure to second hand smoke
  • Having a mother who smoked during pregnancy
  • Exposure to airborne pollution such as exhaust fumes
  • Black ...
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Misdiagnosis: Asthma

Undiagnosed Asthma: Asthma is not always diagnosed immediately. Other respiratory conditions may be detected and treated, with the underlying asthma not discovered until later. Other Respiratory Diseases: An asthma diagnosis needs to be considered against other respiratory illnesses. There is ...

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Treatments: Asthma

The goals of treatment focuses primarily on:

  • Reducing the frequency and severity of symptoms
  • Limiting the impact asthma has on normal activities
  • Reducing the risk of future asthma attacks
  • Preventing progressive lung function impairment
  • Reducing the risk of side effects ...
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Prevention of Asthma

How Can Asthma Be Prevented? You canít prevent asthma. However, you can take steps to control the disease and prevent its symptoms. For example:

  • Learn about your asthma and ways to control it.
  • Follow your written asthma action plan ...
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Deaths: Asthma

Whilst asthma in some individuals can have mild symptoms, asthma is a condition that needs to be taken seriously as it can be life threatening. It is estimated that 255,000 people are killed by asthma worldwide every year. It ...

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Research for Asthma

Researchers are also working to develop new approaches to help prevent and treat asthma. Levineís team is studying the effects of house dust mites inside the home. While exposing mice to dust mites, the researchers identified a protein in ...8

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  1. Source: CDC: asthma/ 
  2. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ asthma
  3. Source: NIA (NIH): health/ understanding-lung-problems
  4. Source: NHLBI (NIH): health/ health-topics/ topics/ asthma
  5. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  6. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jun2014/ feature1
  7. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): 2006/ July/ docs/ 01features_01.htm
  8. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): issue/ jun2014/ feature1

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