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Asthma and Allergy Center of Chicago, SC www.AsthmaAllergyChicago.com www.Research4Health.com  PERSPECTIVES IN ASTHMA CARE...
ASTHMA  WHAT   S UP.   DOC  Ok, everyone agrees, if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, it mu...
Asthma typically starts before the age of   35. If you are 50 years old and just developed your first-ever breathing probl...
MORE BS  basic science  Asthma is commonly described as a chronic disease or a syndrome  a group of diseases  in which the...
Whether or not you have symptoms, untreated asthmatic lungs have some ongoing inflammation and bronchospasm. During asthma...
DIAGNOSIS How do you know if you have asthma  This is not some great philosophical question. Let   s see if you can get th...
   Spirometry assessment of pulmonary function is NECESSARY for the diagnosis of asthma because medical history and physic...
conditions that could give you asthma-like symptoms such as acid reflux  GERD , sinus disease, chest wall inflammation  co...
poor air quality, hairspray, paints, fumes, and other irritants may cause some individuals asthma to worsen. Normal activi...
It sounds silly but consider this  if you put gasoline into the back seat of a car does it work as well as if you put it i...
MEDICATIONS The most effective asthma medications for control of persistent asthma are those that act long-term to reduce ...
as regular preventive therapy may be at increased risk of side effects, including death. As this issue still remains, the ...
d. Leukotriene Modifiers These medications act as poor anti-bronchospasm agents but are marketed to doctors as anti-inflam...
with short-term use. Some drug names include  Medrol, Prednisone, and Prelone Prednisolone.  MYTHS   and some truths  1. I...
4. Inhaled corticosteroid medications will stunt my child   s growth. Listen closely...Poorly controlled asthma can delay ...
6. If untreated, asthma will become increasingly severe over time First, regardless of asthma severity, anyone with asthma...
different devices from your insurance or pharmacy unless your doctor has previously agreed to the change. At each visit yo...
Is there a downside to checking peak flows  As a monitoring tool, peak flows can actually be misleading in   25  of asthma...
YOU KNOW THAT YOUR ASTHMA IS WELL CONTROLLED WHEN  1.  YOUR PEAK FLOWS ARE AT OR ABOVE YOUR BEST BASELINE  2.  YOU RARELY ...
R E ME MB E R NEVER   EVER   1.  Allow your asthma to get out of control for even 1 hour  2.  Exercise if your peak flows ...