Asthma For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 9, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 384 pages
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The incidence of asthma is rising dramatically in the United States and across the globe. Asthma affects 17 million people in the U.S. and is the most common chronic childhood disease. If you or someone you love suffers from asthma, you know that there is no cure—however, with proper care, asthmatics can lead normal, active, and fulfilling lives. Now you can breathe easy with this plain-English guide, which clearly explains the prevention, diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment of the disease.

Asthma For Dummies will help asthma sufferers and their loved ones get a strong handle on managing the disease. Dr. William Berger, one of the nation’s foremost experts on allergies and asthma, gives you the tools you need to:

  • Understand the relationship between allergies and asthma
  • Identify your asthma triggers
  • Prepare for your first doctor’s visit
  • Allergy-proof your home or office environment
  • Avoid asthma complications
  • Find outside support

Featuring up-to-date coverage of childhood asthma, this easy-to-understand guide covers all the vital issues surrounding asthma, including handling food allergies, exercising when asthmatic, asthma during pregnancy, and all the latest medications. You’ll find tips on avoiding allergens that cause respiratory symptoms, testing for allergies, and dealing with HMOs. This fact-packed guide also features:

  • A dedicated chapter to asthma in the elderly
  • The latest information on Claritin and Clarinex, two common allergy medications taken by those with asthma
  • The interrelationships between asthma and other respiratory complications of untreated allergy such as ear, sinus, tonsil, and adenoid disease
  • Extensive information on controller drugs and rescue medications
  • Future trends in asthma therapy

Offering the latest on allergy shots and tips for traveling with asthma, Asthma for Dummies will relieve your anxiety about asthma, help you control your triggers, and manage the disease long-term.

 

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Contents

Knowing Whats Ailing You
9
The Basics of Treating and Managing Your Asthma
23
Dealing with Doctor Visits
43
Managing Asthma LongTerm
57
Understanding Asthma Triggers
75
Knowing Your Asthma Triggers
77
Understanding Asthma and the Role of Allergies
93
Hay Fever and Asthma The United Airway
109
Controlling Asthma with Medications
223
Knowing Asthma Medications
225
Looking at Asthma Controller Drugs
243
Treating Asthma Episodes
263
Future Trends in Asthma Therapy
275
Special Asthma Conditions
285
Asthma during Childhood
287
Pregnancy and Asthma
303

Food Allergies and Asthma
125
Asthma and Exercise
141
Treating Your Asthma
145
Avoiding Allergens That Cause Respiratory Symptoms
147
Getting Allergy Tested and Allergy Shots
171
Relieving Your Nasal Allergies
185
Treating Your Ear Nose and Throat Symptoms
207
Asthma and the Elderly
313
The Part of Tens
317
Ten Tips for Traveling with Asthma
319
Ten Famous Folks with Asthma
327
Asthma Resources
335
Index
341
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William E. Berger, MD, MBA, has been diagnosing and treating patients with allergies and asthma for over 25 years and has served as president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

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