Latest by John Bottrell

The Natural Progression of COPD

COPD worsens over time, but how does the process work? This graph will show you.

How Genetics Affect COPD

Learn the role genes play in the diagnosis and development of COPD–you may be surprised.

What is the Asthma Syndrome

To the advantage of every asthmatic, researchers continue to fine tune the definition of asthma. Now, rather than describing it as a disease that affects all victims the same, many asthma experts say it is a syndrome. So what is this, and what does i...

7 COPD Myths

Human diseases and their remedies have been prone to misconceptions, or myths. Even though we are in an age of scientific results, myths are still abounding. Here is the truth behind some common myths that pertain to COPD.

Common Asthma Symptoms

One positive thing about asthma is your body lets you know how things are going inside through symptoms and signs. A symptom is something only you can feel. A sign is something others may observe. Here are nine of the most common symptoms and signs o...

Asthma Medicine: Home vs. Hospital

You might see some important changes to your asthma medication if you have to make a hospital visit for treatment.

15 Links Between Asthma and COPD

Asthma is no longer considered a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Experts now consider asthma and COPD as completely different disease entities with unique treatment regimes. Still, there remain many similarities, and here are 15 of them...

When to Seek Help for COPD

When you have COPD, your body sends off signals when things aren’t right inside you. If you experience any of these, it’s time to seek medical help. Cyanosis. A gray or bluish tinge on your fingertips or lips is a sign that your oxygen level in your ...

Gaining Control of Your COPD

So you’ve been diagnosed with COPD and want to gain control of it before it controls you. Here are 10 steps to help you do just that. 1. Call your doctor and report your concerns. I am unable to walk to the bathroom without getting winded I don’t hav...

What is a Severe Asthma Attack?

A severe asthma attack (not to be confused with severe asthma) is an asthma attack that is really bad. The medical term for this is status asthmaticus, or an asthma attack that is unresponsive to attempts to correct it. Such an attack is caused when ...