Allergies and asthma: They often occur together

You may wonder what allergies and asthma have in common besides making you miserable. A lot, as it turns out. Allergies and asthma often occur together. The same substances that trigger your hay fever symptoms may also cause asthma signs and symptoms, such as shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. This is called allergic […]

Asthma inhalers: Which one’s right for you?

Here’s information that will help you weigh the pros and cons of different asthma inhalers. Asthma inhalers are hand-held portable devices that deliver medication to your lungs. A variety of asthma inhalers are available to help control asthma symptoms in adults and children. Certain types of asthma inhalers may work better for you than do […]

Home Remedies for Asthma

Tip 1: Mix 1 tsp honey with ½ tsp cinnamon powder. Consume just before sleeping.   Tip 2: Boil 8-10 cloves of garlic in ½ cup of milk. Have at night. Good for early stages of asthma.   Tip 3: Figs are good for draining phlegm. Wash 3-4 dry figs with water. Soak in 1 […]

How I Cured My Asthma With One Simple Lifestyle Change

After years of suffering from adult-onset asthma, I promised myself that if I ever found a way to cure myself, I would share that information with the world.  In a way, it’s the reason I started this blog.  It’s taken me until now to write this post because it’s a difficult subject to write about. […]

Signs of an asthma attack

If you do not know if you have asthma, these 4 symptoms could be signs that you do: Coughing — sometimes waking you up at night. Wheezing — a whistling sound when you breathe. You may hear it more when you breathe out. It can start as a low-sounding whistle and get higher. Breathing problems […]

Treatment for Asthma

Asthma is not so much “treated” as it is “controlled”. As a chronic, long-term disease, there is no cure. However, there are tools and medicines to help you control asthma as well as benchmarks to gauge your progress. The Peak Flow Meter A peak flow meter is a simple, small, hand-held tool that can help […]

Asthma Clinical Trials

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is strongly committed to supporting research aimed at preventing and treating heart, lung, and blood diseases and conditions and sleep disorders. NHLBI-supported research has led to many advances in medical knowledge and care. For example, this research has uncovered some of the causes of chronic lung diseases, […]

Living With Asthma

If you have asthma, you’ll need long-term care. Successful asthma treatment requires that you take an active role in your care and follow your asthma action plan. Learn How To Manage Your Asthma Partner with your doctor to develop an asthma action plan. This plan will help you know when and how to take your […]

How Can Asthma Be Prevented?

You can’t 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. (For a sample plan, go to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s “Asthma Action Plan.”) Use medicines as your doctor […]

How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled?

Asthma is a long-term disease that has no cure. The goal of asthma treatment is to control the disease. Good asthma control will: Prevent chronic and troublesome symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath Reduce your need for quick-relief medicines (see below) Help you maintain good lung function Let you maintain your normal activity level and […]

How Is Asthma Diagnosed?

Your primary care doctor will diagnose asthma based on your medical and family histories, a physical exam, and test results. Your doctor also will figure out the severity of your asthma—that is, whether it’s intermittent, mild, moderate, or severe. The treatment your doctor prescribes will depend on the level of severity. Your doctor may recommend […]

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Asthma?

Common signs and symptoms of asthma include: Coughing. Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep. Wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe. Chest tightness. This may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your chest. Shortness of […]

Who Is at Risk for Asthma?

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children. Young children who often wheeze and have respiratory infections—as well as certain other risk factors—are at highest risk of developing asthma […]

What Causes Asthma?

The exact cause of asthma isn’t known. Researchers think some genetic and environmental factors interact to cause asthma, most often early in life. These factors include: An inherited tendency to develop allergies, called atopy (AT-o-pe) Parents who have asthma Certain respiratory infections during childhood Contact with some airborne allergens or exposure to some viral infections […]

What Is Asthma?

Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. 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. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during […]