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About Asthma

So, we are starting a campaign, (may be not the right word), to enlighten people about Asthma.
When I say we, I mean some friends of mine and I. I hope I'll have support from others too. I would like Asthma Patients, Friends and Family members, not leaving out relatives to know how they should cope with it, live with and survive.

Information is power. Know all about it and share please.

So, I googled asthma and shared below from the search results:

Search Results


A condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus.
Very common
More than 3M US cases per year
Medically treatable
By a doctor or professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Often requires lab tests or imaging
Chronic
Can last for years
Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack.
Asthma can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

The condition usually can be managed with rescue inhalers (albuterol) and controller inhalers (steroids). Sometimes, oral medications may be needed.
Ages affected
0-2
Common
3-5
Common
6-13
Very common
14-18
Very common
19-40
Very common
41-60
Common
60+
Common
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others. Learn more

Requires a medical diagnosis
Often requires lab tests or imaging
People may experience:
Cough: can occur at night or during exercise, can be chronic, with phlegm or dry, mild or severe
Respiratory: frequent respiratory infections, wheezing, breathing through the mouth, difficulty breathing, fast breathing, shortness of breath at night, or hyperventilation
Also common: chest tightness, throat irritation, early awakening, fast heart rate, acute episodes, or anxiety
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others. Learn more

Medically treatable
By a doctor or professional
Prescription
Steroids: Methylprednisolone by injection
Steroids by inhaling: Beclomethasone, Fluticasone, Fluticasone/salmeterol, Budesonide, Flunisolide (Aerospan), Budesonide​/​formoterol (Symbicort)
Other treatments: Levalbuterol, Tiotropium bromide, Albuterol​/​ipratropium by inhaling (Duoneb), Zileuton (Zyflo), Zafirlukast (Accolate), Pirbuterol, Salmeterol by inhaling, Prednisone (Deltasone), Albuterol, Ipratropium by inhaling (Atrovent)
Also common
Lifestyle: Smoking cessation
Other treatments: Oxygen therapy
Specialists
Primary care provider (PCP): Prevents, diagnoses, and treats diseases.
Pulmonologist: Treats respiratory tract diseases.
Pediatrician: Provides medical care for infants, children, and teenagers.
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others. Learn more

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