Latest Articles by John Bottrell
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 ...
"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...
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? ...
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 ...
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...
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.
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.
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.