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Part 1 Asthma: Facts, Theories, and Controversies 1
Questions 1-12 provide the latest information about asthma, including:
What is asthma?
Why is asthma so common?
How do human lungs work?
What causes asthma?
What is the relationship between allergy and asthma?
What is the contemporary view of asthma and how does it differ from traditional views?
Part 2 Asthma: Symptoms and Diagnosis 33
Questions 13-31 describe the symptoms of asthma and present common methods of diagnosis, such as:
What are the symptoms of asthma?
What is an exacerbation of asthma?
Does wheezing mean that I have asthma?
Are there medical conditions that can mimic asthma or make it more severe?
How is the diagnosis of asthma established?
What are pulmonary function tests (PFTs), spirometry, and peak expiratory flow (PEF) measurements?
Part 3 Asthma: Classification and Variants 67
Questions 32-40 introduce the NAEPP's approach to asthma care and review atypical forms of asthma, including:
What is the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP)?
What is cough-variant asthma?
What is the asthmatic triad?
What is occupational asthma?
What is an asthma action plan?
Why should I take asthma medicine if I feel fine?
Part 4 Asthma: Treatment Plans, Goals, and Strategies 95
Questions 41-53 detail key components of asthma care that underlie effective treatment, such as:
What are asthma triggers?
What are the goals of asthma treatment?
What makes a doctor an asthma specialist and how can I find out if my physician is a specialist in asthma care?
Do I need to consult a physician who specializes in asthma?
My asthma is active; how do I know whether I should go to the nearest hospital emergency room?
Part 5 Asthma: Inhaled Medications and Advances 127
Questions 54-71 focus on the different medications used to treat asthma, with an emphasis on inhaled formulations:
What medications are useful in treating asthma?
Will I need to take asthma medicine forever?
Why are so many asthma medicines in inhaler form?
What is the correct way to use my dry-powder inhaler (DPI)?
What is the correct way to use my metered-dose inhaler (MDI)?
What are corticosteroids and how do they work in asthma?
Part 6 Asthma: A Healthy Lifestyle 187
Questions 72-83 highlight day-to-day living with asthma, including:
What are the newest approaches to the treatment of asthma?
Can acupuncture or herbal remedies help my asthma? Will alternative or complementary medicine treatments be good for my asthma?
My asthma seems to worsen each month around the time of my period. Is that possible?
Is obesity related to asthma?
What sports can persons with asthma participate in?
Is asthma mostly a psychological disease?
Part 7 Special Topic: Asthma and Pregnancy 235
Questions 84-88 answer the most common questions of women with asthma who become pregnant, such as:
Will pregnancy make my asthma worse?
Can I do anything special during my pregnancy to help protect my unborn child from developing asthma in the future?
Are asthma medications harmful to the unborn child?
Will I be able to breastfeed my baby if I am taking medicine for my asthma?
Part 8 Special Topic: Asthma in Children 245
Questions 89-100 respond to everyday parental concerns when a child has asthma, for instance:
Can I catch asthma from my child who has asthma?
Do milk products cause increased mucus in persons who have asthma, especially children?
Should I take my four-year-old to a physician who specializes in asthma? Can the primary care pediatrician diagnose and treat her asthma?
Will my child outgrow his asthma?
How can I help my son's school staff cope with his asthma and know how to handle an emergency?
Our 10-year-old daughter who has asthma wants to go to sleep-away camp next summer. Should she attend a regular camp or a camp for children with asthma?
Appendix 1 267
Appendix 2 273