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Allergy Shots for Asthma

Allergy shots are a type of immunotherapy treatment in which small doses of substances to which you are allergic ( allergens ) are injected under your skin. Over time, your body may become less responsive to the allergens, which means you may have fewer symptoms. Allergy shots are given after careful skin testing for an…

Assessing Your Asthma Knowledge

Understanding asthma can help you control your symptoms and reduce your risk of asthma attacks. The following statements summarize what you should know about asthma. If you do not know, or are not sure, about any of them, talk to your doctor. The more you understand about asthma, the better you will be able to follow…

Asthma Action Plan

An asthma action plan is a written plan that tells you how to treat your asthma on a daily basis. The plan also helps you deal with sudden increases in your or your child’s asthma symptoms ( asthma attacks ). You need to treat the inflammation in your lungs to minimize the long-term effects of asthma. The plan tells you…

Asthma Action Plan: Green Zone

An asthma action plan is based on zones defined by your symptoms, your peak flow, or both. It tells you what to do if you or your child has a sudden increase in asthma symptoms ( asthma attack ). The green zone of the asthma action plan is where a person with asthma wants to be every day. When in the green zone: The…

Asthma Action Plan: Red Zone

An asthma action plan is based on zones defined by your symptoms, your peak flow, or both. It tells you what to do if you have a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms ( asthma attack ). You are in the red zone of your asthma action plan if you have severe asthma symptoms. Symptoms include: Any shortness of breath…

Asthma Action Plan: Yellow Zone

An asthma action plan is based on zones defined by your symptoms or your peak flow, or both. It tells you what to do if you have a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms ( asthma attack ). The yellow zone may mean that you are having an asthma attack or that your medicine needs to be increased. When symptoms are…

Asthma and GERD

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the abnormal backflow, or reflux, of stomach juices into the esophagus, the tube that leads from the throat to the stomach. GERD is found in many people who have asthma. Having asthma increases the chances of developing GERD. Some experts debate whether or to what extent GERD…

Asthma and Vocal Cord Problems

Vocal cord dysfunction is the uncontrolled closing of the vocal cords when you breathe in. The symptoms can seem to be the same as those of asthma and may occur alone or along with asthma. If you have asthma and vocal cord dysfunction, it may be difficult for you to tell the difference between symptoms of the two…

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