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About - Asthma

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways.

Asthma

Asthma is a disease that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow, leading to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

Diseases and Conditions - Last reviewed: May 14, 2014

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways.

Diseases and Conditions - Updated: June 11, 2014

Asthma and allergy - resources

The following organizations are good resources for information on asthma and allergies:

Last reviewed: May 16, 2014

Occupational Asthma

Occupational asthma is a lung disorder in which substances found in the workplace cause the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow. This leads to attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing.

Diseases and Conditions - Last reviewed: May 23, 2013

Asthma - children

Asthma is a disease that causes the airways to swell and get narrow.

Diseases and Conditions - Last reviewed: May 10, 2013

Chinese restaurant syndrome

Chinese restaurant syndrome is a collection of symptoms that some people have after eating Chinese food. A food additive called monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been blamed, but it has not been proven to be the substance that causes this condition.

Diseases and Conditions - Last reviewed: October 14, 2012

Drug Class Review: Newer Antihistamines: Final Report Update 2 [Internet]

Antihistamines inhibit the effects of histamine at H1 receptors. They have a number of clinical indications including allergic conditions (e.g., rhinitis, dermatoses, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, allergic conjunctivitis, hypersensitivity reactions to drugs, mild transfusion reactions, and urticaria), chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), motion sickness, vertigo, and insomnia.

May 2010

Chronic

Chronic refers to something that continues over an extended period of time. A chronic condition is usually long-lasting and does not easily or quickly go away.

Healthy Living - Last reviewed: January 21, 2013

Acute

Acute means sudden or severe. Acute symptoms appear, change, or worsen rapidly. It is the opposite of chronic.

Healthy Living - Last reviewed: November 4, 2012

Lung disease - resources

The following organizations are good resources for information on lung disease:

Last reviewed: November 9, 2012

Peak flow meter use - series

A peak flow meter helps you check how well your asthma is controlled.

Last reviewed: May 23, 2013

Nebulizer use - series

Nebulizers are used to treat asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and other conditions where inhaled medicines are indicated.

Last reviewed: May 23, 2013

Breathing difficulties - first aid

Breathing difficulties can range from being short of breath, unable to take a deep breath, gasping for air, or feeling like you are not getting enough air.

First Aid and Emergencies - Last reviewed: July 20, 2013

Lung problems and volcano smog

Volcanic smog (vog) is created when sulfur dioxide and other gases released from a volcano react with oxygen, moisture, dust, and sunlight in the atmosphere.

Healthy Living - Last reviewed: May 30, 2012

Spacer use - series

Spacers (also called holding chambers) work with your metered dose inhaler (MDI) to deliver inhaled medication more easily and effectively, and can reduce side effects.

Last reviewed: May 23, 2013

Byssinosis

Byssinosis is a disease of the lungs brought on by breathing in cotton dust or dusts from other vegetable fibers such as flax, hemp, or sisal while at work.

Diseases and Conditions - Last reviewed: May 30, 2013

Metered dose inhaler use - series

Remove the cap from the end of the inhaler. Check for any dust, lint, or other objects. Shake the inhaler well.

Last reviewed: May 23, 2013

Nasal polyps

Nasal polyps are soft, sac-like growths on the lining of the nose or sinuses.

Diseases and Conditions - Last reviewed: August 12, 2013

Grass allergy

Many people are allergic to pollens from grass and weeds. Such allergies usually occur in the late spring and summer.

First Aid and Emergencies - Last reviewed: October 21, 2013

Lung plethysmography

Lung plethysmography is a test used to measure how much air you can hold in your lungs.

Tests and Treatments - Last reviewed: August 30, 2012

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