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Francis V. Adams, M.D.
Francis V. Adams, M.D.


Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed. The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things to which you are allergic or find irritating. When the airways react, they get narrower and less air flows through to your lung tissues. This causes symptoms like wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.

Asthma cannot be cured, but for most people it can be controlled so that you have only minimal and infrequent symptoms and you can live an active life. So, if you have asthma, taking care of it is an important part of your life.
recommended reading
These articles provide in-depth information and are written to help you make the best healthcare decisions for you and your loved ones.
Asthma in Children
Asthma in Teens and Adults  

decision points
When dealing with an illness or health problem, you have to make decisions—when to call a doctor, which test to have, and what treatment to use. Decision Points are designed to help you learn about your choices and options, and to prepare you to work with your healthcare provider to make the best decision for your care.
Should I take allergy shots (immunotherapy) for allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma?

action sets
Action Sets are designed to help you take an active role in managing a health condition. Action Sets provide the tools and information you can use in the day-to-day management of your health conditions.
Helping your child use a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) with a mask spacer
Identifying asthma triggers
Monitoring your peak expiratory flow
Using a metered-dose inhaler (MDI)
Using daily asthma treatment and action plans
tests & procedures

You doctor may recommend one or more of the following tests to evaluate your condition.

Allergy Tests
Chest X-Ray
Home Lung Function Testing
Lung Function Tests
Sinus X-Ray
Sweat Test

For other tests and diagnostic procedures use the section of this site called Medical Tests A to Z .

Influenza Virus Vaccine
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (Pneumovax)
Acute Bronchitis
Allergic Rhinitis

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection

Smoking Cessation
medication center
medication assistance

This section provides you with an alphabetical listing of more than 1,000 medications, including prescription drugs and those you can purchase over-the-counter. Just "click on" your medications to learn what they are used for, how to take them, special precautions, and some of the possible side effects. You can choose your medication by brand name or generic name.

Medications A-Z

If you are having difficulty paying for your medications you may qualify for financial assistance or free medications. Visit the Medication Assistance Center to learn about available medication and insurance programs.

Don't let financial problems stop you from getting the treatment you need; there are resources and organizations that may be able to help you.

additional resources

This listing provides you with Internet sites that are sponsored by government agencies or are well-known and credible national organizations.

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Lung Association

Asthma Action Plan—Online


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Surfing the Internet
When looking at Internet sites, remember that the information can be sponsored by anyone. Take into account the sponsoring group or individual when gathering information or help. Be especially careful about giving out personal or financial information.

Learn more about surfing the web:

Alergias [Allergies]
Asma [Asthma]
Sinusitis [Sinusitis]

Last modified on: 30 June 2015