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These articles are the most popular over the last month.



Published: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 11:15:24 +0000

 



OTC Asthma Meds?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

An otc asthma inhaler may seem like an easy fix, but you need to make sure you carefully consider its use before self treating. Learn what you need to know.



What Is Forced Expiratory Volume?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What is the definition of forced expiratory volume or FEV1? There are certain terms you need to understand when you have asthma and FEV1 is one.



Do You Know What Is Happening In Your Lungs In...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Three main things are occurring in your lungs during an asthma attack. Your symptoms and treatment are targeted around them.



Is the OTC Inhaler Asthmanefrin Safe to Use?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Astmanefrin is an OTC asthma inhaler. Learn more about the safety issues, warnings and controversies about this over the counter bronchodilator.



What You Should Know About Viral-Induced Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Viruses are a common cause of asthma exacerbation or asthma worsening among adults. We look at diagnosis, prevention and treatment of viral-induced asthma.



Here Is Exactly What Happens During an Asthma...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

A number of different things happen in your lungs during an asthma attack that may make your symptoms worse. Learn more about the asthma pathophysiology of an asthma attack.



Is My Chronic Cough Really Asthma Or Something...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Chronic cough is one of the 5 most common reasons people see a doctor. Is your cough related to your asthma?



The Surprising Link Between Asthma and Pneumonia

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Does asthma cause pneumonia? Can pneumonia lead to asthma? Read more and find out about this chicken or the egg scenario with your asthma.



Help! I'm Having an Asthma Attack! What Next?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

You need to be prepared for an asthma attack at any time. Asthma attacks are preventable if you know the specific triggers you need to look out for.



Top Asthma Symptoms You Should Watch Out For

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What are the symptoms of asthma? Asthma symptoms can be non-specific and somewhat confusing. Learn the symptoms that make you suspect asthma.



Could My Wheezing Be Reactive Airway Disease?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Reactive airway disease can mean different things to different people. Learn more about reactive airway disease.



Chest Congestion Relief

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Many asthma patients complain that they have difficulty getting chest congestion relief. In the end good asthma control is the best bet. Find out more



Is Your Chest Tightness Asthma or Could It Be...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Chest tightness is a classic asthma symptom. You need to make sure your symptoms are not due to a more serious condition.



Common Inhalers and Medicines for Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

A guide to several common asthma medicines, including Advair, albuterol and Pulmicort. Learn more about the drug profiles of these drugs and others.



What's A Normal Peak Flow Be?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Measuring your peak flow is an important part of your asthma care plan? If the measurements are going to be meaningful, you need to know how to figure out what your peak flow should be. Learn several different ways to determine what your normal peak flow should be.



Do Dust Mites Bite?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Have you ever wondered if dust mites bite? Learn about dust mites and if they bite like other mites.



Is Squeezing Leading To Your Wheezing?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Definition of bronchoconstriction. Bronchoconstriction is at the heart of your asthma. Learn what you need to know and do.



Your Guide to Antihistamines for Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Antihistamines can control your allergy symptoms and may help you get better control of your asthma.



Is Wheezing Normal if You Have Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What is wheezing? What does it sound like? What do I need to do about it? Learn what you need to know and to related to wheezing.



What Does Shortness of Breath Mean for My Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Shortness of breath is a common asthma symptom. Learn what it means and what you need to do to address it.



Asthma OTC Meds?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Many patients ask whether there are any over the counter asthma medication option in lieu of more expensive prescription medication.



Am I at Risk for a Fatal Asthma Attack?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Learn if you might be at risk for a fatal asthma attack? Most fatal asthma attacks are preventable and you can learn how they might be prevented.



Is It Bronchitis or Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Coughing is the predominate symptom of bronchitis-- but is it asthma? Read more and find out.



Are My Asthma at Night Symptoms Making My...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Nocturnal asthma is one of the common asthma types. Symptoms predominate and typically occur at night.



Will Singulair Side Effects Affect My Mental...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Singulair and other leukotriene modifiers have changed their labeling to reflect some potential side effects with this class of drugs.



Do You Know How and When to Use Your Inhaler?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

A medication guide for the albuterol inhaler. Learn about uses of albuterol, how your doctor may prescribe albuterol, and what the possible side effects and drug interactions might be.



Is Flovent Helping Your Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Flovent is an inhaled steroid used in the treatment of asthma. Everything you need to know- safety information, indications and side effects.



How Long Do Steroids Stay In Your System?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Sometimes patients want to know how long a medication stays in their body. If you have ever asked yourself how long do steroids stay in your system then you need to read this article.



Everything You Want to Know About Qvar

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Qvar (beclamethasone dipropionate) is an inhaled steroid used to treat asthma. Learn how Qvar works, when it is used, and potential adverse effects.



What Is Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What is asthma? Learn about what asthma is, statistics about asthma, types of asthma, and general information regarding diagnosis and treatment of asthma.



What Is a Basophil?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Definition of a basophil. Asthma is a very complicated process and basophils are just one of the many cells that contribute to your symptoms.



Inhaled Steroids - Gold Standard of Asthma...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Inhaled steroids, also known as inhaled corticosteroids (or ICS, for short) have become the mainstay of asthma treatment for persistent asthma in children and adults. These controller medicines work in various ways on the immune system to prevent inflammation of the airways.



How Long Acting Beta Agonists Provide Asthma...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

LABA bronchodilators can be an important part of your asthma care plan, but there are some safety concerns you need to be aware of for good control.



What Does Asthma Pathophysiology Mean?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

If you can understand the pathophysiology of asthma, you can understand why your doctor prescribes certain medications or asks you to do certain things in treating your asthma. Learn more about the pathophysiology of asthma.



How Long Will My Inhaler Last? Can I Use An...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

How Long Will My Inhaler Last? When will my inhaler run out? Figure out how long your inhaler will run out so you do not run out of medication.



Running and Asthma: 12 Things You Need to Know...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Many asthma patients don't think running is good for them. Find out how you can keep yourself running with asthma.



The Link Between IgE and Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Some patients with poorly controlled asthma may have elevated IgE levels, and benefit from treatment. Learn what you need to know and do about IgE and asthma.



When Was Your last Spirometry?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Spirometry is an important tool in both the diagnosis and management of asthma. Learn what you need to know about spirometry.



What Is The Difference Between Inhaled &...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

There are a number of types of corticosteroids, including oral and inhaled, that you might take for your asthma. Educate yourself about the differences.



9 Useful Tips For Eliminating House Mites

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

House mites can make your asthma worse even though you can't see or feel them. Learn how to eradicate these little insects and live mite-free.



No Shortness of Breath or Wheezing, but Is That...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Sometimes cough may be the only asthma symptom someone has—Learn about this type of respiratory conndition, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated.



Is Histamine Impacting Your Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Histamine is the chemical that is found in and released by mast cells that can lead to certain symptoms depending on which part of the body where the histamine release occurs.



What Type Of Asthma Do You Have?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

While there are similarities, there are also important differences in the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of various types of asthma.



What Is the Role of Singulair in Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Singulair is in a class of medications called leukotriene modifiers. This class of drugs is one of the potential add on drugs for your asthma regimen.



Are You Doing Peak Flows?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Using a peak flow meter is important for your asthma. Learn why. Learn how to perform peak flows and use your peak flow meter correctly.



What Are Inhaled Corticosteroids?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What are inhaled corticosteroids? How do they work? What are the side effects? Learn what you need to know and do to get better control of your asthma.



Do You Know Your Asthma Vital Capacity?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What is vital capacity? Learn more about this important part of pulmonary function testing and how it impacts your asthma diagnosis and treatment.



Should A Pulmonologist Be Part Of My Asthma...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What is a pulmonologist? Would my asthma care benefit? Learn everything you need to know about whether a pulmonologist might help improve your asthma.



How to Tell if Your Baby Has Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Getting an asthma diagnosis in your infant can be difficult. Learn about the similarities and differences between infant asthma and asthma in adults.



Do You Know the Difference Between COPD and...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Do you know the difference between COPD and asthma?



Is Asthmanefrin Safe?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Asthmanefrin safety concerns have recently been raised by the FDA. Learn what you need to know and do before taking this medication.



Mild Intermittent Asthma—Classification...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

People with mild intermittent asthma have the least severe type of chronic lung disease. Daily medication is not needed, but monitoring is required.



Moderate Persistent Asthma - Asthma Classificat...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Moderate persistent asthma is one of the types of asthma. More than 22 million Americans suffer from asthma. However, there are varying degrees of asthma. People suffering from moderate persistent asthma have daily asthma symptoms and nighttime symptoms more than once a week. Treatment is specific to the patient's asthma classification and requires medical guidance and testing.



How Your Immune System May Be Worsening Your...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

The same system that helps protect you from infections, your immune system, can also be responsible for your worsening asthma.



The Effect of Asthma on Long-Term Health

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Poorly controlled asthma can lead to negative health consequences. Learn what they are and the bet ways to prevent them.



Do You Have These Asthma Symptoms?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Do I have asthma? Diagnosing asthma can be difficult. Learn about the symptoms that may cause you to think of asthma and what you need to do.



Could Household Mold Be Worsening Your Asthma...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

House mold may be the cause of your worsening asthma symptoms. Learn what mold is how to get control of it in order to improve your asthma.



Get Rid Of A Dry Cough

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

A cough can be very irritating and difficult to soothe. Learn about home remedies that can improve cough and make you feel better.



Watch Out for These Asthma Medication Side...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

All medicines have side effects, some more serious than others. What are the side effects of asthma medications people use every day to keep their asthma in check?



Is Your Chest Wheezing Caused by Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

An important tenet in asthma care is that 'not all that wheezes is asthma.' Learn about some of the common and not so common causes of chest wheezing.



Does Symbicort Help Control Your Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Symbicort can be an important part of your asthma treatment plan. Learn about when it's used, potential side effects, and other important information.



Is Your Asthma Intermittent?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Based on your symptoms an asthma classification will guide your asthma treatment. Learn what you need to know about intermittent asthma treatment.



How Would You Define Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Symptoms, severity, or impact can be used to define asthma. Defining asthma is important so that you can improve asthma control and measure its impact



Are OTC Inhalers Safe For My Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Primatene Mist and other generic epinephrine inhalers are the only over-the-counter asthma medications available. Learn how to use these products safely.



The Different Ways Doctors Classify Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What asthma type do you have? Asthma classification is important and can help guide your asthma treatment. Learn more about several ways to identify the types of asthma.



Not All Wheezing Is Necessarily Your Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Asthma isn't the only condition that causes a wheezing symptom. Learn about some of the less common conditions that may cause you to wheeze.



Nebulizers for Asthma Medication Treatment

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Nebulizers are just one of the delivery methods for your inhaled asthma medications. Learn about the different types of nebulizers, advantages and disadvantages of different nebulizers, and other important information about nebulizers before you make a decision.



Do You Need A Cahllenge Test?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Sometimes bronchoprovocation challenge testing is necessary in diagnosing asthma. Learn the indications and reason why it might not be for you.



What Are Your Asthma Triggers?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Understanding asthma triggers is necessary to get asthma under control and key for asthma prevention. Many different things may trigger your asthma. Learn about indoor and outdoor allergens, medications, foods, and other asthma triggers.



All About Oral Steroids For Your Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Oral steroids or systemic corticosteroids are just one of the possible treatments for your asthma. Learn about why you may need them and potential side effects.



4 Dogs You Can Own (Even If You Have Asthma)

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Do allergy free dogs exist? We answer this important question for when you want to have a furry friend but are not sure what the impact on you asthma will be.



Signs of Respiratory Distress in Those With...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Nobody wants to experience respiratory distress; however, it is important to recognize the signs of respiratory distress to take proper action.



Is Theophylline A Good Choice For Your Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Theophylline is an old, but important asthma medication. Learn what you need to know and watch for if you are on theophylline. Learn more.



Ginkgo For Your Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Ginkgo biloba is a widely used complementary and alternative medicine product related to memory loss that may have some potential benefit in asthma.



How Is Asthma Impacting Your Life? Health,...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

The impact of asthma affects you as an individual and also society. Learn about the many ways asthma impacts our lives from financial to our health.



What Do You Know About Advair Diskus for Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Learn about Advair Diskus and how it can help your asthma. This controller medication is one of the most common asthma treatments today.



Do You Know How Your Doctor Diagnoses Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Sometimes finding out that your symptoms are caused by asthma can be difficult, which can be kind of scary. Here you will find out how you and your doctor can go about figuring out if your symptoms are from asthma. You will learn about making an asthma diagnosis and asthma diagnostic testing.



Understanding Your Asthma Medication Options

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Your physician has an arsenal of potential medications to treat your asthma. In this article, we look at 10 different types of asthma medications.



Pulmonary Function Testing

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Doctors often order pulmonary function testing for people who have persistent asthma. PFTs such as spirometry and others measure different aspects of how the lungs are functioning and give the doctor a better sense of the severity of the asthma and how well the treatment is working.



Asthma or COPD? What's The Difference?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Is it asthma or COPD? It's not always easy to tell. While you might not think so, it is important to figure out which you have.



Patient Assistance Programs To Help With...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Asthma medications are very expensive, and a patient assistance program may be helpful to you in obtaining your asthma medications.



What Is the Link Between Hay Fever and Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Are those annoying allergy symptoms related to your asthma? Discover what you need to know and do if hay fever is making your asthma worse.



Using Your nebulizer Correctly

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

In order for you to get the most out of your breathing treatments, you need to correctly use your nebulizer. Learn how to use your nebulizer here.



How Asthma Affects Your Sex Life

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What happens when sex gets in the way and makes your asthma symptoms worse? Learn how you can enjoy this stress-buster without experiencing symptoms.



Do You Have Any of These Asthma Signs?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

If you understand the signs of asthma, you will be able to get a diagnosis more easily and understand treatment. Learn about the signs of asthma and what you need to do.



When Flu and Asthma Occur Together

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Because asthmatics are at increased risk of complications from the flu, it is important to know how to treat flu if you have asthma.



Are Combo Inhalers Better For Your Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Combination inhalers like Advair and Symbicort combine 2 different asthma medications into one inhaler. Are they better for your asthma control?



Do I Need the Pneumonia Shot if I Have Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

The pneumonia shot or pneumococcal vaccine is now recommended for adults with asthma. Find out why you need this shot.



Could Zinc Deficiency Be Making Your Asthma...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Did you know that your asthma and zinc may be related? Zinc is essential for good health and low levels may affect your asthma. Learn more today.



Everything You Need To Know About Xolair...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Learn what you need to know about asthma medication Xolair (omalizumab) including indications, how it works and important adverse effects.



What Do Chest X-Rays Tell Us and Are They...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

What is a chest X-Ray and how does it aid asthma patients? The screening is used as a preoperative exam or when in the ER because of an asthma attack.



Is My Difficulty Breathing Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Difficulty breathing is a symptom that could be asthma or it cough be something else. Learn if your difficulty breathing could be asthma.



5 Medical Conditions that Make Asthma Worse

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Hard time controlling your asthma? Ask your asthma provider about these 5 problems that contribute to uncontrolled asthma.



What Is My Asthma Severity?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Measuring your asthma and understanding severity is a key to gaining control.



Severe Persistent Asthma Classification—S...

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Severe persistent asthma is a type of classification that helps doctors manage your disease. Learn more about the symptoms and the treatment options.



Bronchial Tubes and Your Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Do you know what bronchial tubes are? Learn more about bronchial tubes.



Buteyko Breathing Exercises for Asthma

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Preforming this exercise may help you get better control of your asthma and use less medication.



Do I Need to See an Asthma Specialist?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

How do I know if I need an asthma specialist? Why should i be referred to an asthma specialist? Is the care from an asthma specialist better?



Is My Child at Risk for a Fatal Asthma Attack?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Learn if your child might be at risk for a fatal asthma attack and what you need to do if your child is. The best strategy is prevention.



Could You Have Exercise Induced Asthma?

2016-04-28T11:15:24Z

Could you have exercise induced asthma? Learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of this common condition.