100 Questions & Answers About Asthma, Second Edition

100 Questions & Answers About Asthma, Second Edition

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If you are among the approximately 22 million Americans who suffer from asthma, or have a friend or relative who does, this book offers all the information you need to better understand and manage the condition. Completely revised and updated, 100 Questions & Answers About Asthma, Second Edition includes information about the latest scientific approaches to asthma care and research, explains the newest guidelines and treatment recommendations of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program, provides comprehensive information about medicines used to treat asthma, and focuses on healthy living with asthma. 100 Questions & Answers About Asthma, Second Edition provides authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, coping strategies for both patient and family sources of support, the importance of exercise and nutrition, and much more. Written by Dr. Claudia S. Plottel, a world-class asthma specialist, this clearly written, highly readable book offers the latest medical knowledge and practical tips on what asthma is and what you can do to treat it effectively. Featuring insider advice from an actual patient, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this chronic, yet highly controllable disease.

Table of contents

Title......Page 2
Copyright......Page 3
Contents......Page 4
Preface......Page 8
Abbreviations......Page 12
Part One: Asthma: Facts, Theories, and Controversies......Page 14
1. What is asthma?......Page 15
2. How many Americans have asthma?......Page 16
3. Is it true that asthma is on the upswing?......Page 19
5. Asthma is a disease of children, isnt it?......Page 21
6. How do human lungs work?......Page 22
7. Do lungs continue to develop after birth?......Page 25
8. What causes asthma?......Page 26
9. What is the relationship between allergy and asthma?......Page 29
10. Is asthma preventable?......Page 33
11. What is the hygiene hypothesis?......Page 38
12. What is the contemporary view of asthma, and how does it differ from traditional views?......Page 41
Part Two: Asthma: Symptoms and Diagnosis......Page 46
14. What is an exacerbation of asthma?......Page 47
15. What is a wheeze?......Page 50
16. Will I know when I wheeze?......Page 51
17. Does wheezing mean that I have asthma?......Page 53
18. Why do I usually cough after jogging or running or after participating in sports?......Page 54
19. Could my lung symptoms be due to a condition other than asthma?......Page 56
20. What is COPD?......Page 58
21. Is COPD related to asthma?......Page 59
22. What are the similarities and differences between asthma and COPD?......Page 60
23. Are there medical conditions that can mimic asthma or make it more severe?......Page 61
24. What is vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) syndrome?......Page 63
25. What is GERD, and why does it affect my asthma?......Page 65
26. How is the diagnosis of asthma established?......Page 66
27. What diagnostic testing is used to diagnose asthma?......Page 69
28. What are pulmonary function tests (PFTs), spirometry, and peak expiratory flow (PEF) measurements?......Page 70
29. What is a methacholine challenge (bronchoprovocation) test?......Page 75
30. What is arterial blood gas (ABG) sampling?......Page 76
31. What is bronchoscopy?......Page 78
Part Three: Asthma: Classification and Variants......Page 80
32. What is the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)?......Page 81
33. What are the classifications of asthma severity and control according to the NAEPP?......Page 84
34. Are there other ways of classifying asthma besides that of the NAEPP?......Page 86
35. What is cough-variant asthma?......Page 90
36. What is exercise-induced asthma (EIA)?......Page 91
37. What is the asthmatic triad?......Page 94
38. What is occupational asthma?......Page 98
39. What is an asthma action plan?......Page 100
40. Why should I take asthma medicine if I feel fine?......Page 104
Part Four: Asthma: Treatment Plans, Goals, and Strategies......Page 108
41. What are asthma triggers?......Page 109
42. What are the goals of asthma treatment?......Page 111
43. Will asthma lead to loss of oxygen?......Page 114
44. What makes a doctor an asthma specialist and how can I find out if my physician is a specialist in asthma care?......Page 116
45. Do I need to consult a physician who specializes in asthma?......Page 119
46. How can I find out whether or not I have allergies? If I do have allergies in addition to my asthma, what types of treatment are available?......Page 122
48. My asthma is active; how do I know whether I should go to the nearest hospital emergency room?......Page 128
49. What kind of emergency treatment can I expect when I get to the emergency room?......Page 132
50. Is it true that a person can die of asthma?......Page 134
51. What are the characteristics of fatal or near-fatal asthma?......Page 135
52. What is respiratory failure?......Page 136
53. What is endotracheal intubation?......Page 137
Part Five: Asthma: Inhaled Medications and Advances......Page 140
54. What medications are useful in treating asthma?......Page 141
55. Will I need to take asthma medicine forever?......Page 148
56. What is the difference between a medicines generic and brand name?......Page 150
57. Why do I wake up around 2 AM to use my inhaler before going back to sleep?......Page 152
59. What is the 1987 Montreal Protocol and why is it relevant to asthma?......Page 154
60. What makes HFA inhaler medicine different from the inhaler medicine I was prescribed a few years ago?......Page 157
61. What is a Diskus? Is it the same as a DPI?......Page 162
62. What is the correct way to use my DPI?......Page 164
63. What is the correct way to use my MDI?......Page 168
64. Why does my doctor say I should rinse my mouth after using my MDI?......Page 172
65. How can I tell when my inhaler is empty?......Page 173
66. What is a valved holding chamber, and why should I purchase one?......Page 176
67. What is a nebulizer, and how do I use one?......Page 179
68. Is medication in nebulized form more effective than that in an inhaler?......Page 182
69. What are corticosteroids and how do they work in asthma?......Page 184
70. My doctor wants me to take inhaled corticosteroid medication to improve my asthma control, but I am reluctant to take steroids because I heard from a friend that they are dangerous drugs. Are steroids dangerous?......Page 188
71. What are possible side effects of corticosteroid use?......Page 192
Part Six: Asthma: A Healthy Lifestyle......Page 200
72. What are the newest approaches to the treatment of asthma?......Page 201
73. Can acupuncture or herbal remedies help my asthma? Will alternative or complementary medicine treatments be good for my asthma?......Page 207
75. Should I take extra vitamins or mineral supplements since I have been diagnosed with asthma?......Page 210
76. Is obesity related to asthma?......Page 215
77. Is caffeine good for people with asthma?......Page 220
78. What sports can persons with asthma participate in? Is it better to use my inhaled asthma medication before or after I work out? What sports are especially beneficial for asthma?......Page 222
79. How should I pack my asthma medicine in anticipation of air travel?......Page 229
80. I am traveling to the Caribbean on vacation and plan to go scuba diving, but my husband says its not safe since I have asthma. What guidance can you give us?......Page 230
81. What is influenza? Why should I get a flu shot (influenza vaccination)? Will the flu shot make me ill?......Page 232
82. I am a meticulous housekeeper, so why does my house harbor dust mites? Should people with asthma encase their bedding? Is it a good idea to invest in an air purifier?......Page 240
83. Is asthma mostly a psychological disease?......Page 244
Part Seven: Special Topic: Asthma and Pregnancy......Page 248
85. Do I need to see my asthma specialist more frequently now that I am expecting?......Page 249
86. Can I do anything special during my pregnancy to help protect my unborn child from developing asthma in the future?......Page 251
87. Are asthma medications harmful to my unborn child?......Page 253
88. Will I be able to breastfeed my baby if Im taking medicine for my asthma?......Page 257
Part Eight: Special Topic: Asthma in Children......Page 258
90. Do more boys than girls have asthma?......Page 259
91. If my 7-year-old daughter wheezes, does it mean that she has asthma?......Page 260
92. Do milk products cause increased mucus in persons who have asthma, especially children?......Page 262
93. The pediatrician says that my toddler has a wheezy chest but that asthma cannot be diagnosed until my son is older than 2 or even 3 years old. Why is that?......Page 264
94. Should I take my 4-year-old to a physician who specializes in asthma? Can the primary care pediatrician diagnose and treat her asthma?......Page 266
95. Will my child outgrow his asthma?......Page 268
97. How can I help my sons school staff cope with his asthma and know how to handle an emergency?......Page 270
98. Our 10-year-old daughter who has asthma wants to go to sleep-away camp next summer. Should she attend a regular camp or a camp for children with asthma?......Page 273
99. Will my smoking cigarettes affect my child who has just been diagnosed with asthma?......Page 275
100. My child with asthma is also allergic to our family pet. How important is it for us to find a new home for our pet?......Page 276
Appendix 1......Page 280
Appendix 2......Page 286
Glossary......Page 296
Index......Page 318

Details

  • Author: Claudia S. Plottel
  • Edition: 2
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • ISBN-10: 076378091X
  • ISBN-13: 9780763780913, 9781449619534
  • Pages: 329
  • Format: pdf
  • Size: 1.8M
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