Asthma News

Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and the ability to breathe. When someone has asthma, the airways become inflamed. A trigger can impact the muscles around the airway, causing them to swell and tighten. The result is difficulty breathing, as well as coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. In some cases, the disease can be dangerous and even life-threatening.

Who Gets Asthma?

Asthma often affects children, though people of all ages and genders can get it. In many cases, asthma is due to an allergic reaction. That's known as allergic asthma. Other times, a person may be affected by asthma during or after physical activity (exercise-induced asthma). People who inhale fumes or other harmful substances as part of their work may also experience a form known as occupational asthma.

Researchers aren’t sure just what causes asthma, but it does appear to have a genetic component. If someone in your family has asthma, then you are more likely to get it yourself.

Symptoms of Asthma

When people have asthma, their airways are always somewhat inflamed. But when someone experiences a trigger, whether it’s exercise, tree pollen or paint fumes, the inflammation becomes a lot worse. The airways constrict, and coughing, wheezing and difficulty breathing ensue. Rescue medication is often needed to end the asthma attack.

Treatment of Asthma

It's important for anyone with asthma to work closely with a doctor to formulate an asthma management plan. Asthma medications have become quite effective, and most people with asthma can lead healthy, productive lives when they keep it managed.

There are two types of asthma medication: drugs for long-term control of the asthma and drugs for quick relief. The long-term control medications might be in pill form or in a form that's inhaled. The quick-relief types of medication -- also called rescue medications -- are medicine that's inhaled to help end the asthma attack as quickly as possible.

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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9/21/2017
Could Pests, Dust Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma?

Inner-city study found early exposure to cockroaches and mice droppings seemed protective

9/21/2017
Asthma Drug Tied to Nightmares, Depression

But experts stress Singulair also has lifesaving benefits

9/19/2017
Kids' Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later

But research is too early to confirm a cause-and-effect link

9/18/2017
9/8/2017
For City Kids With Asthma, Nearby Green Space Is Key

The farther kids lived from a park, the more symptoms they had over 2 weeks, study found

9/7/2017
Be Cautious Going Home After Hurricane Harvey

Electrocution and carbon monoxide poisoning are risks in flooded homes, American Thoracic Society says

9/6/2017
New 'Biologic' Drug May Help Severe Asthma

But similar meds cost up to $30,000 a year

9/6/2017
Smoking Bans Help Kids Breathe Easier

Analysis found anti-smoking policies were linked to drops in childhood chest infections, asthma attacks

8/31/2017
Chronic Illness Can Plunge Young Adults Into Despair

Study found those diagnosed with diabetes, asthma were 3 times more likely to try to kill themselves

8/31/2017
New Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson's

Asthma medications may lower risk, but much more research is needed

8/29/2017
8/27/2017
How to Fight Fall Allergies

Take medication before symptoms flare, reduce mold exposure and avoid pollen, allergy expert says

8/23/2017
Steroid Pills Usually Ineffective Against Bronchitis, Study Finds

Research shows that, like antibiotics, these drugs won't reduce duration or severity of symptoms

8/17/2017
Nearly 4 Million Worldwide Die Each Year From Asthma, COPD

In poorer countries these respiratory illnesses too often go undiagnosed and untreated, report finds

8/3/2017
Asthma Drug May Help Kidney Patients Regain Sense of Smell

Problem is common in chronic kidney disease and can lead to malnutrition and other health issues

7/27/2017
7/17/2017
9/11 Survivors More Likely to Have Heart, Lung Diseases

Study found those exposed to dust cloud also more prone to develop asthma

7/14/2017
Asthma Control Essential in Pregnancy, Study Suggests

Kids appear more likely to develop the disorder when moms aren't effectively treated

7/6/2017
Could a Sweet Tooth in Pregnancy Spur Allergies in Kids?

As maternal sugar intake rose, so did allergies and asthma in kids by age 7, study found

6/20/2017
Many Chronic Illnesses Linked to Suicide Risk

Odds 9 times higher for people with traumatic brain injury, study suggests

6/8/2017
Climate Change May Up Asthma Irritant, Study Says

Researchers warn about possible increase of Alternaria alternata fungus

5/19/2017
Could Cancer Drug Gleevec Help With Severe Asthma?

Small study suggests a new approach might one day help those with uncontrolled lung disease

5/9/2017
Vitamin D Fails the Asthma Test

These supplements probably won't protect you from eczema or allergies either, researchers say

5/9/2017
Testosterone May Protect Men From Allergic Asthma

Study findings could explain why airway condition is more common in women

5/6/2017
Take Control of Your Asthma

If you use an inhaler more than twice weekly, you may need help managing the condition, allergist says

5/1/2017
Thunderstorms Can Trigger Asthma Flares, Study Finds

Weather forecasts may help public and emergency workers be ready to treat wheezing

4/21/2017
Many Students Reluctant to Use Asthma Inhalers at School

Survey suggests it's one reason why many children have poor control of their condition

4/20/2017
Health Tip: When Asthma Doesn't Improve

What to discuss with your doctor

4/6/2017
Health Tip: Asthma and Air Pollution

Issues to discuss with your doctor

3/20/2017
Welcome Spring and Still Survive Your Allergies

Specialist offers tips for minimizing seasonal misery

3/15/2017
U.S. Medical Groups Sound the Alarm on Climate Change

Altered weather patterns may already hurt your health, nation's physicians warn

3/10/2017
Mite-Proof Bedding May Help Curb Asthma Attacks: Study

Kids whose mattresses and pillows were encased had less severe flare-ups, researchers report

3/7/2017
Banishing Asthma-Inducing Mice Allergens on the Cheap

Do-it-yourself approach works as well as professional extermination services, study finds

3/7/2017
City Tax on Cars Cut Pollution, Kids' Asthma Risk

Traffic measure in Sweden reduced rates of wheezing disease by 50 percent, researchers report

3/6/2017
Can Mom's Vitamin E Head Off Child's Asthma Risk?

Association only significant with type of nutrient found in highest amounts of safflower, sunflower oils

3/6/2017
Asthma Much More Lethal for Black Children, Study Finds

This group has 6 times the odds of dying from the illness compared to whites, Hispanics

3/2/2017
FDA Approves New Treatment for Dust Mite Allergies

Odactra is a year-round treatment for reactions to the tiny bugs that share your home

2/20/2017
There's Fun and Fitness in the Pool for Asthmatic Kids

High humidity in indoor pools can also help keep airways open and prevent attacks, doctor says

2/17/2017
How to Control Mold, Avoid Allergies

Limiting moisture in the home is key, specialists say

2/14/2017
Low-Income Kids More Likely to Have ADHD, Asthma

Autism more often diagnosed among children in higher-income families, study finds

2/2/2017
Sleepless Nights Linked to Asthma Later in Life

Adults with chronic insomnia 3 times more likely to develop the respiratory disorder, study suggests

1/23/2017
Obamacare Boosted Coverage for the Chronically Ill, Study Finds

4 million with conditions like heart disease, asthma gained health insurance

1/20/2017
Childhood Asthma May Encourage Obesity, Study Suggests

Fear of flare-ups might spur kids to limit physical activity, specialists say

1/17/2017
1 in 3 Adults Diagnosed With Asthma May Not Have It: Study

Almost half did not get objective breathing test, researchers in Canada found

1/13/2017
Airway Differences May Explain Why Asthma Can Be More Serious for Blacks

Condition is 2 to 3 times deadlier than for whites, researchers say

1/9/2017
Are Heartburn Meds During Pregnancy Linked to Asthma in Kids?

Analysis suggests, but doesn't prove, that these children were one-third more likely to see a doctor for asthma

1/9/2017
Kids' Asthma Flareups Fall Off After No-Smoking Laws

Researchers reviewed ER visits in 20 metro areas of U.S.

1/4/2017
Poor Asthma Sufferers Often Stuck in Homes That Worsen Their Disease

Study finds them living with smokers, mold, rodent and cockroach infestations, and few support systems

12/29/2016
Fish Oil During Pregnancy May Cut Kids' Asthma Risk

High doses linked to 30 percent drop in children's odds of developing the airway disease, study finds

12/27/2016
Asthma and Insomnia

A high number of patients with asthma have insomnia, as well, study finds.