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boy using asthma medicationAsthma causes difficulty in breathing and in some cases can result in severe complications.

Alarmingly, asthma in children is a disease on the rise. Whether this is due to chemical exposure through pollution or other factors is currently being debated,

Other possible factors taken into account when diagnosing childhood asthma include early childhood infections, or a weakened immune system response. Since asthma is also known to run in families, a genetic component is also often examined.

The causes of asthma are not well understood. but allergies or congestion brought about by the common cold or flu can trigger attacks in those susceptible to this disease. Anxiety, stress or physical overexertion are also known to trigger asthma attacks.

asthma inhaler
Asthma rescue inhalers contain
albuterol which helps relax muscles
that tighten around airways during
an asthma attack.

Curiously, about 75% of patients with adult-onset asthma also have frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease although no direct link between the two conditions has yet been found.

There is no cure for asthma, but there are many asthma medications that can be used for acute and long term treatment, including prescription steroid drugs to help reduce inflammation and mucus production in the airways. Bronchodilators also help relieve the symptoms of asthma by relaxing the muscle bands that tighten around airways.

In the US, the most common over-the-counter asthma drugs are Primatene Mist and Bronkaid. Both work like a bronchodilator to help ease symptoms.

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More information about asthma around the Web:

If you, or someone you love, suffers from this serious and sometimes frightening condition, learn more about the disease at top sites offering news, updates, tips and advice on symptoms, remedies, inhalers, medications and more...

WebMD Asthma Guide
- Easy to use information on common causes, risk factors, symptoms and treatment including details on childhood asthma, adult-onset, and bronchial asthma.

Allergy & Asthma Network - Click around for the latest asthma news, advice on caring for asthmatics, tips on finding a doctor, how to's on ridding your home of allergens, and lots more.

AAAAI - American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology - From the most basic questions through information for health professionals, this site has it all. They also provide advice for coping - including information on the latest inhalers, and a medication guide.

Allies Against Asthma - A cheerful and easy to navigate site. The allies are a consortium working in communities in America. Also check out the Community Toolbox and other excellent related resources

Consortium on Children's Asthma Camps - Summer camp can be a nightmare for kids with severe allergies and asthma. This group provides access to camps in the United States that combine managing asthma with summer fun. Good resources and information supplement the camping directory.


This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.


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