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Asthma is a chronic condition that can be controlled. Asthma management is easier than in the past, thanks to new medications and a greater understanding of what causes the condition.

This step-by-step guide will help people with asthma lead normal lives and avoid emergency situations.


I. Let's Get Started

Step 1: Taking control of asthma
Step 2: What is asthma?
Step 3: Know the signs


II. Diagnosis and Treatment

Step 4: How asthma is diagnosed
Step 5: The levels of severity
Step 6: Determine your goals and expectations
Step 7: Asthma drugs
Step 8: Drug delivery devices


III. Master Your Asthma

Step 9: Understand your action plan
Step 10: Make "peak flow" a habit!
Step 11: Avoid asthma triggers
Step 12: Visit your doctor regularly

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A new type of drug: IgE inhibitor

Asthma and aging

Asthma fast facts

Children age 5 and under

Drug delivery devices: Metered dose inhalers and spacers

Drug delivery devices: Dry powder inhalers

Drug delivery devices: nebulizers

Drug treatment: Long-term control drugs

Drug treatment: Quick-relief drugs

Exercise-induced asthma

Inhaler propellants will be changing

Respiratory system

School & asthma: Have a management plan

School & asthma: Physical activity

School & asthma: Questions to ask

School & asthma: Student access to medications

Spirometry

What's your asthma story?

Related Conditions


Allergic rhinitis
Bronchitis - acute
Bronchitis - chronic
COPD
Sinusitis

Asthma Triggers


Animal dander
Cigarette smoke
Dust mites
Mold
Pollen

questionHelpful Handouts

Action plan: Signs only

Action plan: Peak flow

Review Date: 6/29/2012

Reviewed By: Allen J. Blaivas, DO, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine UMDNJ-NJMS, Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, Department of Veteran Affairs, VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Previoulsy reviewed by David A. Kaufman, MD, Section Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, Bridgeport Hospital-Yale New Haven Health System, and Assistant Clinical Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. (6/1/2010)



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