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John Bottrell

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

Latest by John Bottrell

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Medication

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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Symptoms

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.

Asthma medications.
Medication

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.

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Living With

Here's Why Humidity and Cold Air Trigger Asthma

Every asthmatic should be aware that both humidity and cold air are two very common asthma triggers. So why is this? And what can you do about it?

Asthma medications.
Medication

Should You Use Expired Asthma Medications?

Happen to come across one of your lost inhalers or expired pills? When is it time to bite the bullet and swap out your old medications?

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7 Tricks for Better Breathing

Modern medicine works great for people with lung diseases like COPD, but it’s not the only path to better breathing. Here are seven proven tricks to better breathing discovered by researchers, scientists, inventors, and people just like you.

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24 Things That May Cause Asthma

Asthma is a disease that’s been described in writings that go all the way back to 5,000 B.C. Despite it’s long history, asthma experts still struggle to understand why 10 percent of people develop this disease. Around 400 B.C. the Hippocratic writers ...

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Chronic Cough: Causes and Treatment

A giveaway sign of COPD is the development of a chronic (it’s always there) cough. So what makes a cough chronic, and what can be done about it? First, what is a cough? It’s a natural, primitive reflex. When foreign irritants and mucus enter the back ...

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8 Reasons Childhood Asthma Seems To Go Away

Why is it that as children age, their asthma symptoms get better?

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11 Potential Causes of COPD

Infections, gender, and other factors can boost chances of the disease.