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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).

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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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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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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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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?

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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.