Asthma Treatment Related Articles & Blog Posts
Asthma and SARS
There has never been a better time to be sure your asthma is under control. With a proper treatment plan, most asthma symptoms can be prevented or minimized. Uncontrolled, the linings of the airways in the lungs can remain inflamed. This is not healthy for the lungs. It can also mimic symptoms of SARS, or [...]Read full story
Introduction to wheezing: Our airways are designed to be responsive to harmful substances in the air. If we walk through clouds of smoke, our airways will shrink, protecting our delicate lung tissues from the noxious ingredients in the smoke. They should return to normal when we begin to breathe fresh air. Some people – those [...]Read full story
Introduction to cough: Your home calms at night, the children are tucked into bed – but then loud coughing replaces the silence. It’s impressive that a body so small can cough so loud. What is a cough? Coughing is an important part of the body’s defense system. It forcefully propels unwanted invaders up and out [...]Read full story
Asthma Star Power!
What do Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Funkmaster Flex, Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kelsey Grammer, Shaquille O’Neal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Diane Sawyer, and General Schwarzkopf all have in common? This cast of stars provides the voices for Quest For The Code, an exciting new computer game by Steven Spielberg’s Starbright Foundation “dedicated to the [...]Read full story
Asthma and Reflux
If your child has asthma, you should consider whether your child might also have reflux. More evidence of the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux and asthma was published in the April 2002 issue of The Journal of Asthma. The study was unable to correlate the type and timing of reflux with the beginning of asthma, but [...]Read full story
“Novocaine” for Asthma?
Several years ago, a man’s severe wheezing stopped within 20 minutes of starting epidural anesthesia. The wheezing remained absent during the 155 minutes that the lidocaine dripped in, and came back within 55 minutes of stopping, when the blood levels of lidocaine had dropped. Over the last 3 years there have been a half dozen [...]Read full story
Butterbur – An Effective Natural Remedy for Allergies? Is It Safe? Or Does It Cause Liver Cancer? What You Need to Know
Petasites is a shrub with incredibly huge leaves, up to 3 feet in diameter, usually found in low-lying wet areas and marshes. The plant is sometimes called butterbur, perhaps because the large, soft leaves were used to wrap butter when trying to keep it cool. Other colorful names for the plant include butterfly dock, butter-dock, [...]Read full story
Children with Asthma Miss Out
We know what to do, but we are not doing it! Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. Inflammation can cause ongoing damage. Albuterol helps children breath better for the moment, but does nothing to treat the inflammation.Read full story
Asthma and Calcium
Inhaled steroids may be important for treating asthma, but they may also decrease bone mass in the children who use them, especially those who take more than 400 mcg per day, according to a study reported in the October 2000 issue of the Journal of Asthma.Read full story
Do Inhaled Steroids for Asthma Harm More Than They Help?
While inhaled steroids can reduce inflammation, improve airway function, decrease the amount of asthma medication required, and prevent asthma flare-ups, we’ve known for some time that these strong medicines also slow children’s rate of growth in height. What we have not known is whether these children eventually reach normal adult height or end up shorter.Read full story