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Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma symptoms tend to be episodic and symptom patterns can vary. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include: • Wheezin...
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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs and causes patients to have trouble breathing. Asthma can be a severe disease...
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Caffeine & Asthma

Caffeine is used by some people to help manage asthma. Scientists have found that caffeine has a helpful effect on asthma symptoms...
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Does Exercise Help Asthma?

Exercise has many benefits when it comes to managing your asthma. While exercise can pose dangers, particularly if your asthma is ...
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Possible Complications of Asthma

Although asthma is a serious disease that has no cure, with attentive and proper care, asthma symptoms and attacks can be prevente...
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Nutrition, Fitness and Lifestyle Choices for Asthma

For people with asthma, eating well, moderate exercise and making healthy lifestyle choices are important to reduce asthma symptom...
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What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and causes patients to have trouble breathing. Asthma can be a severe disease that places substantial burden on patients, their families and the community. It costs the United States roughly $56 billion each year, both in medical care as well as auxiliary costs, such as adults missing work or children missing school.
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Causes, Risk Factors and Prevention of Asthma

The exact cause of asthma is unknown and is complex and different for each person. Allergies play an important role in many adults and children with asthma. Genetics also play an important role, as asthma tends to run in families. If you have asthma, your child has a 20 percent chance of getting the disease. If one identical twin has asthma, the second twin has up to a 33 percent chance of also having it.
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Tests and Diagnosis for Asthma

Asthma is diagnosed by a health care provider based on your medical history and physical exam. Often, your health care provider will make the diagnosis based on your history of lung symptoms and evidence of expiratory airflow limitation, which is when the flow of air is lower than normal when breathing out. Sometimes your doctor will order test results to help with the diagnosis of expiratory airflow limitation. Asthma is most commonly diagnosed and managed by primary care physicians, but, depending on the severity of your asthma, your doctor may refer you to see an asthma specialist. Your health care provider will determine the severity of your asthma, whether it is intermittent, mild, moderate or severe, in order to choose appropriate treatments.
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Possible Complications of Asthma

Although asthma is a serious disease that has no cure, with attentive and proper care, asthma symptoms and attacks can be prevented so that individuals can live a normal, active life.
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