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Asthma Misdiagnosis: Why It's So Common

Could you imagine being diagnosed with asthma, being treated as though you have asthma, only to learn many years later that you have something else? This apparently is the case for millions of "asthmatics" around the world, according to Dr...

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35 Signs You Have Severe Asthma

So, how do you know if you are a severe asthmatic? First of all, we need a definition. It’s asthma that is not ideally responsive to conventional asthma medicines, often requiring more aggressive use of conventional medicines, or trials of medicines ...

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The Two Types of Asthma: Typical and Atypical

For years physicians have been trained that all cases of asthma are the same, and good asthma control could be obtained with the same medicines. Yet new evidence suggests there might be two types of asthma, with each requiring a unique treatment plan...

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What Every Parent of an Asthmatic Child Should Know

My advice for parents of kids with asthma: kids have a tendency to downplay their asthma. In other words, your child’s asthma is probably worse than you think. I say this not just from personal experience from every possible aspect of asthma. I know ...

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Can Kids Outgrow Asthma?

There used to be a myth that asthma goes away with age. I was told my asthma would go away many times when I was a kid, and now at 43 I still have it. Today, doctors know asthma never goes away, although it does sometimes go into remission. The milli...

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Asthma Will Never Go Away -- But It Can Be Controlled

Asthma is like a neighbor: it will never go away. You are constantly reminded that they are there by the things they do, or don’t do. You can either let them crawl under your skin (or into your lungs) and let them irritate the crap out of you, or you ...

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Is Asthma All in Your Head?

In a series of articles written throughout the 1850s, Dr. Henry Hyde Salter, himself an asthmatic, wrote a series of articles about asthma that were published in the book “On Asthma: It’s Pathology and Treatment.” In this book he wrote that “Asthma e...

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31 Jobs Asthmatics Should Not Take

Ideally you should be able to participate in any profession if your asthma is under control. Realistically, however, you’ll want to avoid possible asthma triggers, such as dust, chemicals or smoke. So, that in mind, each of the following jobs has the ...

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24 Tips to Manage Your Child's Asthma at School

So you have a child with asthma and want to make sure he or she gets the best care possible once school starts. As a former child asthmatic who endured asthma attacks in school, I have compiled the following tips just for you. Work with your child’s ...

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10 Tips for People Just Diagnosed with Asthma

This is essential for all asthmatics. The more you know the better off you’ll be. You’re off to a good start simply by reading this and browsing the resources here at HealthCentral.