John Bottrell

John Bottrell

Health Professional

John Bottrell is a registered Respiratory Therapist. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Latest Articles by John Bottrell

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Asthma

How Are the Lungs Affected by Stress?

“You’re just like everybody else… Pressure” So sang Billy Joel in his 1982 hit. Joel also has asthma. Perhaps he didn’t know pressure (stress) can affect the lungs, or he might have added this little tid bit to his song. “His asthma hit… He felt like ...

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"Wet Noodle" Approach for Asthma Attacks: How It Works

See the accompanying comic strip Some people have asthma for so long that it’s just a normal part of life, another thing to deal with. They can be having the worst asthma attack and no one but those with a trained “asthma eye” will ever know. They st...

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Do Corticosteroids for Asthma Stunt a Child's Growth?

So, your son or daughter has been diagnosed with asthma, and his or her doctor has prescribed systemic glucocorticosteroids (GC) like prednisone, and long-term inhaled GCs like Flovent or Pulmicort. Your concern is: Will this stunt my child’s growth? ...

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Medical Problems that Occur When Asthma Is Untreated

It’s said a gallant asthmatics can live a normal, active life. Yet what happens to the goofus asthmatic who doesn’t treat his asthma? The truth is, many goofus asthmatics are lucky and are able to escape without asthma trouble, yet far too often they ...

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How to Keep Strong Smells from Triggering Your Asthma

Do strong smells bother your asthma? If so you are not alone, and you are not weird, and it’s not all in your head. In fact, a study from the University of West Georgia found that as many as 30 percent of Americans have a sensitivity to strong smells...

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Asthma

How To Spot a Bronchodilatoraholic

Are you worried about overusing your inhaler? Read about some of the signs that show someone is overly dependent on their rescue inhaler.

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5 Tips for Assessing Your Asthma Symptoms

Learn how to assess your asthma symptoms to help you decide when you should call your doctor or when you should decide to go to the emergency room.

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Asthma

The Top 10 Asthma Medicines

These top asthma medications have proved invaluable in treating asthma over the years. Learn more about how these medicines have shaped asthma care.