Adults Suffering from Asthma

  • Asthma Information for Adults

    Asthma affected the health nearly 8% of all American adults in 2010, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The number of Americans suffering with asthma has risen over 12% in the past decade.

  • Smoking and Asthma

    You may have family photo albums full of people smoking at every type of event, from birthday parties to company picnics. That's because smoking was once accepted pretty much everywhere - even in doctor's offices. But that changed as we learned more about the health problems it causes.

  • What's a Peak Flow Meter?

    Even if you're breathing OK, an asthma flare-up may be just around the corner. How can you tell? You can use a tool called a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter is a portable device that you blow into like a balloon. It measures how well your lungs are working. If you have asthma, knowing how well your lungs are working will help you and your doctor manage your asthma better.

  • How Do Asthma Medicines Work?

    Fortunately, medicine can help. There are two different types of medicines for treating asthma: rescue medications and controller medications.

  • What's an Asthma Flare-Up?

    An asthma flare-up can cause coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, trouble breathing. A person having a flare-up also might sweat or feel heart beating faster. If the flare-up is severe, the person may struggle to breathe even while sitting still. He or she may not be able to speak more than few words at a time without pausing for breath.

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