Asthma

Asthma
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  • Asthma Diagnosis

    The best way to diagnose asthma  is to speak with a physician experienced in asthma diagnosis and management.  An allergy or asthma specialist will take a careful history looking for signs and symptoms of asthma and airway inflammation.

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    Asthma Symptoms

    Asthma symptoms can vary greatly from patient to patient.  They can range from a persistent nighttime cough in people with mild asthma symptoms, to breathing difficulty requiring hospitalization in patients with severe asthma symptoms.  However, it is extremely important to recognize that most asthma patients will fall somewhere in between, having intermittent symptoms of coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath and occasional difficulty breathing.

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    Asthma: An Overview

    Asthma, sometimes called bronchial asthma, is a very common disease that affects millions of adults and children.  The word “asthma”  is derived from Greek and is literally translated as “panting” or “shortdrawn breath”.  If you or your child has ever experienced an asthma attack, this translation may seem quite appropriate.

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    Causes of Asthma

    One of the primary causes of asthma symptoms, especially in childhood asthma, are allergies. Any number of environmental triggers can play a role, including both indoor and outdoor allergens.  The most common indoor allergic causes of asthma include dust mites, mold spores, cat and dog dander, and cockroach allergen.

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    Exercise Induced Asthma

    Asthma is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide.  Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.  Those whose symptoms are precipitated by exercise are often diagnosed with exercise induced asthma (EIA) or sports induced asthma. 

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    Going to School With Asthma

    Did you know that asthma exacerbation tends to peak during the fall months as children return to school?  Studies have shown that children often experience a worsening of asthma after returning to school from summer vacation.  The number of hospitalizations and emergency department visits for asthma reaches a peak approximately two weeks after the start of the school year.  This has been referred to as the “September epidemic.”

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