Tag: asthma

As if the flu weren’t bad enough, did you know that it also can pose an extra danger for those who suffer from asthma? Yes, the flu will not only make you sick; it can trigger an asthma attack, and if this happens, your regular asthma medications may not relieve the asthma symptoms that flare up. On top of that bad news is the fact that when you have the flu, your related asthma symptoms could last for several days or even weeks. So what shoul
It’s a conundrum: Exercise is good for you. You should exercise to maintain your health. But exercise is a common trigger for asthma. So if you have asthma, is exercise is bad for you? What do you do? Luckily, the situation is not really so confusing. When exercise brings on an asthma attack, it’s called exercise-induced asthma (EIA), and this triggering effect often can be brought under control. EIA is characterized by episodes of coughing
The medical profession used to teach that the differences between COPD and asthma are these: Asthma is an allergic disease, and COPD is not. Asthma is not related to smoking; COPD is. Asthma involves reversible airway obstruction; COPD airway obstruction is not reversible. Over time, symptoms and spirometry values for asthma patients vary; in contrast, symptoms and spirometry values for COPD patients can show only a slow and steady decline. A re
A free e-booklet for COPD patients is now available from the American Thoracic Society, thanks to an educational grant from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. In it you will find information on COPD diagnosis, treatment, and triggers, asthma and bronchitis, and the latest research presented at the ATS 2016 International Conference. Altogether the booklet runs 8 pages. Reviewers for the e-booklet included Kevin Wilson, MD, chief of ATS Documents &