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salmeterol (Serevent)

salmeterol (Serevent)

What is salmeterol, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Asthma is a breathing problem involving narrowing of the airways. Airways are breathing passages that allow air to move in and out of the lungs. In patients with asthma, airways can be narrowed by accumulation of mucus, spasm of the muscles that surround these […]

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Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

Poor Asthma Control Tied to Worse School Performance

Latest Asthma News MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Kids with poorly controlled asthma struggle in school, especially those who are ethnic minorities, a new study reports. Researchers evaluated asthma and allergy status, lung function and school performance of 216 black, Hispanic (Latino) and white children in a U.S. city. Those with a greater […]

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montelukast, Singulair

montelukast, Singulair

What is montelukast, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Montelukast is an oral leukotriene receptor antagonist that is used for the treatment of asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Leukotrienes are a group of naturally occurring chemicals in the body that promote inflammation in asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis and in other […]

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ephedrine (oral)

ephedrine (oral)

What is oral ephedrine? Ephedrine directly stimulates alpha and beta-adrenergic receptors and increases the release of norepinephrine. Its actions include relaxation of bronchioles, increased heart rate and contractility, and increased blood pressure. It also causes blood vessels in the nasal passages to shrink (vasoconstrict). Vasoconstriction reduces nasal congestion by preventing fluid from draining from blood […]

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ipratropium bromide inhaler (Atrovent)

ipratropium bromide inhaler (Atrovent)

What is ipratropium bromide inhaler, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Ipratropium bromide is a bronchodilator that dilates (enlarges) airways (bronchi) in the lungs. It is used in treating, symptoms of asthma, colds, allergies, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Ipratropium blocks the effect of acetylcholine on […]

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Health Tip: Reducing Asthma Attacks in Cold Weather

Health Tip: Reducing Asthma Attacks in Cold Weather

(HealthDay News) — Dry, cold air can trigger asthma attacks, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says. Breathing in the winter air can cause airways to restrict, making it difficult to breathe. Latest Asthma News The foundation offers suggestions to reduce asthma attacks during winter: Cover your mouth with a scarf. Exercise indoors, not […]

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How to tell if your baby has asthma

How to tell if your baby has asthma

Wheezing, coughing, and breathing fast are some of the signs that a baby with asthma may display. Asthma is a chronic condition that causes airway inflammation and sensitivity to irritants that most people can inhale without any issues. Doctors can treat asthma in babies with medications that help open up the airways, which are already […]

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How does asthma affect pregnancy?

How does asthma affect pregnancy?

Asthma can affect pregnancy when a woman does not receive the right treatment. Most asthma treatments are safe to use during pregnancy. Asthma is a long-term lung condition that can be well-managed with the right treatment. The risk of pregnancy complications is low when asthma is well-controlled, but otherwise, asthma can increase the risk of […]

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What are the best types of exercise for asthma?

What are the best types of exercise for asthma?

Exercise can help improve the symptoms of asthma in the long term, in addition to improving overall health. Some forms of exercise have the potential to cause asthma flare-ups, leading to wheezing or chest tightness. However, people may be able to avoid symptoms or asthma attacks by using specific techniques and participating in suitable activities. […]