Spirometry Testing For Asthma

You may have shortness of breath, chest tightness, or coughing spasms when you exert yourself in cold weather, or you may hear wheezing sounds from your chest during colds. Perhaps your mother, father, or sister…

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Asthma: Clearing the Airways

Five general classes of medications are used to treat asthma today: beta agonists, topical steroids, theophylline, cromolyn and nedocromil, and oral steroids. Properly taken, these drugs can be enormously helpful in controlling the wheezing, coughing…

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Exercise-Induced Asthma

During the 1992 Summer Olympics, many viewers were astonished to learn that track and field champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee suffered from asthma. Her performance was a triumph for asthma sufferers around the world, proving that asthma…

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Treatment of Asthma

As the death rate from bronchial asthma escalates nationwide, physicians are beginning to treat even mild asthma more aggressively. Attention has focused on asthma management and treatment of the underlying inflammation as well as the…

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What’s New in the Treatment of Asthma?

Recently, two new concepts in the treatment of asthma have emerged. First, inflammation is the key to airway hyperreactivity. Second, medication can be most effective when linked to the peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). Both…