More than 30 million Americans struggle with some form of chronic breathing disorder. Five percent of adults and 10 percent of children in the United States suffer from asthma, which also causes more than 5,000 deaths each year (many of which are of children). Pneumonia and flu combined are the sixth leading cause of death in America today. The Encyclopedia of Asthma and Respiratory Disorders provides a comprehensive guide to these serious conditions. More than 1,100 detailed entries cover all forms of asthma, respiratory disorders, and related conditions, as well as their symptoms and causes; current research, treatment, and drugs; key health terms and definitions; and helpful organizations. Easy-to-follow tables, charts, and diagrams provide up-to-date facts and figures. Extensive appendixes include lists of helpful organizations concerned with asthma and respiratory disorders; tips for travelers with allergies or asthma; an excerpt from Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health; a list of alternative treatments and remedies for respiratory disorders; and much more. The Encyclopedia of Asthma and Respiratory Disorders is an invaluable resource for those suffering from asthma or a respiratory disorder, for their families, and anyone who wants to learn more about respiratory disorders.