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    Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Your airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways become sore and swollen. That makes them very sensitive, and they may react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When your airways react, they get narrower and your lungs get less air.

    Symptoms of asthma include

    • Wheezing
    • Coughing, especially early in the morning or at night
    • Chest tightness
    • Shortness of breath

    Not all people who have asthma have these symptoms. Having these symptoms doesn't always mean that you have asthma. Your doctor will diagnose asthma based on lung function tests, your medical history, and a physical exam. You may also have allergy tests.

    When your asthma symptoms become worse than usual, it's called an asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care, and they can be fatal.

    Asthma is treated with two kinds of medicines: quick-relief medicines to stop asthma symptoms and long-term control medicines to prevent symptoms.

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    Symptoms of Asthma

    The following features are indicative of Asthma:
    • wheezing
    • coughing
    • chest tightness
    • shortness of breath
    It is possible that Asthma shows no physical symptoms and still be present in a patient.
    References: 1

    Common Causes of Asthma

    The following are the most common causes of Asthma:
    • exposure to tobacco smoke, dust mites
    • outdoor air pollution
    • cockroach allergen
    • breathing in too much smoke from burning wood or grass
    References: 2, 3

    Risk Factors of Asthma

    The following factors may increase the likelihood of Asthma:
    • having a parent or sibling with asthma
    • having atopic dermatitis
    • being overweight
    • being a smoker
    • exposure to secondhand smoke
    • exposure to fumes
    • exposure to chemicals used in farming and hairdressing

    Prevention of Asthma

    Yes, it may be possible to prevent Asthma. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
    • get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia
    • avoid outdoor allergens and irritants
    • monitor breathing regularly
    References: 4

    Occurrence of Asthma.

    Degree of Occurrence

    The following are number of Asthma cases seen each year worldwide:
    • Very common > 10 Million cases

    Common Age Group

    Asthma most commonly occurs in the following age group:
    • Can happen at any age

    Common Gender

    Asthma most commonly occurs in the following gender:
    • Not gender specific
    References: 5, 6

    Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Asthma

    The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Asthma:
    • Spirometry: To measure the forced expiratory volume in 1 second
    References: 7, 8

    Doctor for Diagnosis of Asthma:

    Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Asthma:
    • Allergist

    Complications of Asthma if Untreated

    Yes, Asthma causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Asthma is left untreated:
    • can be fatal
    • decreased ability to take part in physical activities
    • lack of sleep due to nighttime symptoms
    • permanent changes in the function of the lungs
    • persistent cough
    • trouble breathing
    References: 9

    Procedures for Treatment of Asthma

    The following procedures are used to treat Asthma:
    • Allergy shots: Reduces the immune system reaction to specific allergens
    • Bronchial thermoplasty: Reduces the smooth muscle inside the airways by heating up insides of the airways
    References: 10

    Self-care for Asthma

    The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Asthma:
    • Use air conditioner: Reduces the amount of airborne pollens
    • Prevent mold spores: Keep mold spores from developing
    • Keep your home clean
    • Protection from cold weather: Cover the nose and mouth if it's cold out
    • Get regular exercise: Prevents from asthma attacks
    • Maintain healthy weight: Reduces the worsening asthma
    References: 11

    Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Asthma

    The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Asthma:
    • Breathing exercises: Improves the asthma symptoms
    • Herbal and natural remedies: Improves asthma symptoms
    References: 12

    Patient Support for Treatment of Asthma

    The following actions may help Asthma patients:
    • Pace yourself: Take breaks between the tasks and avoid activities that make the symptoms worse
    • Talk to others with your condition: Connect with people facing similar challenges
    • Child having asthma: Pay attention on the things your child can do
    References: 13

    Time for Treatment of Asthma

    While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Asthma to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
    • In 1 - 4 weeks
    References: 14

    Questions - Asthma

    Asthma is a disease that causes the airways of the lungs to become swollen and narrow leading to shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. There are different types of medications for treating asthma and as such, each medication has different side effects, therefore weight gain from an asthma inhaler depends on which medication is found in the inhaler. Commonly prescribed asthma inhalers like Albuterol and Levalbuterol do not list weight gain as an adverse effect of using this medication. Another common combination medication, Advair consisting of a steroid and a long-acting beta agonist, does not list weight gain as a common side effect, but it has been reported by some patients with postmarketing experience.
    Asthma medications include long-term and quick-relief medicines; long-term medicines help to prevent symptoms, while quick-relief medicines are used as rescue medication for attacks of shortness of breath or wheezing. Long-term medications include agents like steroids and long-acting beta-agonists. Quick-relief medications include agents like short-acting inhaled bronchodilators and oral corticosteroids.
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    Yes, Asthma inhalers are considered to be safe for pregnant women. But, it is recommended to be taken under doctor's supervision only. Drugs which are used as asthma inhalers are Salbutamol, Beclomethasone, Fluticasone and many more. FDA has specified anti-asthma drugs in Pregnancy category C which specifies that there was the fetal harm in animals administered with the drugs in the first trimester of pregnancy but there is no adequate data for human studies that have demonstrated anti-asthma drugs to be safe for use in women in any trimester of pregnancy.
    Salbutamol is a short-acting sympathomimetic agent that helps to open the large airways in the lungs. It is used to treat asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, and high blood potassium levels. It also stimulates beta-1 adrenergic receptors which increase the rate of myocardial contraction.
    Studies have demonstrated that Salbutamol use in pregnant females may delay preterm labor. So, caution is recommended before using it for bronchospasm in pregnant women as it has possible interference with uterine contractility. In post-marketing experience, various congenital anomalies, cleft palate, and limb defects have been reported in the infants of pregnant women being treated with albuterol.
    Women taking asthma inhalers are advised to notify their gynaecologist if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
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    2. PubChem Salbutamol URL: Accessed January 03, 2018
    3. National asthma education and prevention program Managing Asthma During Pregnancy URL:  Accessed January 03, 2018
    4. Wikipedia Beclometasone dipropionate URL: Accessed January 03, 2018
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    News, Updates and Latest Articles - Asthma

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    Labetalol Use Up for Patients With Preeclampsia and Asthma

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 -- Use of labetalol versus other antihypertensives linked to increased risk of status asthmaticus

    Biologic Therapy Selection for Severe Asthma: Factors to Consider

    Wednesday, August 15, 2018 -- The authors write that once severe asthma is diagnosed, clinicians should determine asthma endotype (Type2-high or Type2-low) to help choose the best therapy for the patient.

    More than 40 percent of women with asthma may develop COPD

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018 -- "Previous studies have found an alarming rise in ACOS in women in recent years and that the mortality rate from ACOS was higher in women," said Prof To... The post More than 40 percent of women with...

    Direct-to-Consumer Asthma and COPD Solution Launched in U.S.

    Tuesday, August 14, 2018 -- NewsHailie solution gives patients access through a smartphone app and sensor that attaches to prescription inhaler medication. Staff Author: Mike BottaTopics: Enterprise Technology

    Roche's Xolair, challenged in asthma, wins 'breakthrough' in food allergies

    Monday, August 13, 2018 -- Novartis and Roche’s Xolair has seen a raft of new competitors encroach on its territory over the last few years. But now, it’s ready to carve out a new niche of its own.


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    10. Mayo Clinic Asthma - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    11. Mayo Clinic Asthma - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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    13. Mayo Clinic Asthma - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
    14. NIH How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled? - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
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