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The Causes and Risks of Asthma
Diagnosing Asthma
Complications of Asthma
Treatment of Asthma
Prevention of Asthma

Complications of Asthma

      Asthma attacks are common, resulting in missed work and school days and visits to the emergency rooms. It is vital to understand the triggers for asthma attacks and the signs of an asthma attack to prevent them before they occur. Many people experience an increase in asthma attacks at night. Your doctor can address this problem by adjusting your treatment. Some asthma conditions are treated using oral and/or intravenous corticosteroids, but these treatments can have profound side effects. Using inhaled corticosteroids limit potential side effects.

Those with asthma are at increased risk of developing problems associated with acid reflux, including the development of gastroesophogeal reflux disease. Avoiding acid reflux can be aided by avoiding food or drink for several hours prior to bedtime and sleeping with the head slightly elevated. Although Asthma has the potential to profoundly impact lifestyle and activities, in most cases this does not have to happen. Most cases of asthma are highly treatable and the prevention of asthma is a growing area of scientific research.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology provides outstanding resources for those suffering from asthma and it's complications. For parents of asthmatic children, the Allergy & Asthmatic Network Mothers of Asthmatics offers excellent information for both parents and children.

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