Asthma Information Center Feature Archive

A perioperative approach
 for pediatric asthma

A perioperative approach
 for pediatric asthma


Pediatrics patients with asthma who have to undergo surgery are at risk for complications.

Corticosteroid inhalers may reduce growth in kids

Corticosteroid inhalers may reduce growth in kids

Regular use of inhaled corticosteroids may cause a small reduction in height or a dose-dependent reduction in growth velocity.

Yoga for asthma harmless but not helpful

Yoga for asthma harmless but not helpful

Study suggests yoga does not offer benefits for patients diagnosed with asthma and should be considered a supplemental alternative intervention.

Make a permanent mark on your patient's asthma treatment

Make a permanent mark on your patient's asthma treatment


I have my patients bring all of their pumps to me and will write on the plastic canister with a Sharpie permanent marker.

Help children keep asthma at bay

Help children keep asthma at bay

Begin to impart asthma information to young patients and/or their caregivers as early as possible.

A child's cough: common presentations and causes

A child's cough: common presentations and causes

Clinicians who recognize various types of pediatric coughs will be better able to identify serious underlying conditions in the young patient.

Frequency of spirometry for asthma patients

Frequency of spirometry for asthma patients

How often should stable patients with asthma undergo spirometry?

Where are the generic inhalers?

Where are the generic inhalers?

What options are available for patients who cannot or are unwilling to pay the higher copayment for nongeneric medication?

PPI ups risks without improving asthma control in kids with GER

PPI ups risks without improving asthma control in kids with GER

Lansoprazole was associated with higher rates of upper respiratory infection, sore throat and bronchitis and no effect on asthma control.

How often should asthma be assessed?

How often should asthma be assessed?

At what point is it safe to consider stopping a steroid metered-dose inhaler?

Intermittent budesonide as effective as daily Tx for asthma

Intermittent budesonide as effective as daily Tx for asthma

Budesonide given only during acute respiratory illness may prevent asthma as effectively as daily budesonide in young children with a history of wheezing.

Do PPIs affect calcium absorption?

Are there any studies that confirm effective calcium absorption when the patient is taking long-term proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) along with oral calcium?

Choosing the best inflammation marker

Which serologic measure of inflammation is the most cost-effective and reliable when monitoring inflammatory disease?

Managing pediatric asthma

Managing pediatric asthma

Asthma can disrupt sleep, resulting in missed school days, and may affect a child's ability to participate in sports and other activities. Remember that asthma symptoms in children and adults may differ.

Improvised medication spacer

A nurse practitioner shares instructions for making an asthma medication spacer to use in emergency situations out of every day materials.

What caused this nail dystrophy?

Could a woman's nail dystrophy be related to a history of mild intermittent asthma?

Quercetin may be a useful complementary therapy for conditions involving oxidative damage

Quercetin may be a useful complementary therapy for conditions involving oxidative damage

Quercetin, a potent antioxidant, is found in red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries and cruciferous vegetables and is a popular component in the herbal and supplemental marketplace due to it's value in treating and preventing many illnesses.

Sertraline in patients with pulmonary disease

Is sertraline contraindicated in patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

Nasal spray to reduce skin irritation

Clinician shares an unexpected dermatologic use for fluticasone.

Woman's coughing fit leads to psychotic episode

Hospital staff surprised by a patient's sudden change in disposition.

Oral corticosteriods as effective as IV formulations for patients with COPD

High-dose IV corticosteroids are widely prescribed for patients admitted to the hospital with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), despite guidelines recommending oral steroids at lower doses.

An effective natural remedy for migraine and allergies

An effective natural remedy for migraine and allergies

Butterbur, once discouraged because of its potential to cause liver damage, is now widely used in Europe to combat allergic rhinitis, asthma, and migraine.

Asthma in adulthood: different and complex

Childhood asthma tends to be allergic, whereas adult forms comprise airway disorders. Our experts tell how to classify, treat, and manage the condition.

Asthma and obesity—a complex relationship

Asthma and obesity—a complex relationship

In addition to being on the rise, asthma and obesity have other features in common. Will treatment for one condition also alleviate the other?

Prophylactic montelukast?

Should nightly dosing continue only through "cold season?"

Asthma inhaler offers relief in two strengths

Alvesco uses hydrofluoroalkane, an invironmentally-friendly propellant.

Angioedema incidence in athsma patients

How frequently does angioedema develop in asthmatic patients who are just starting montelukast?

Family sues after woman skips pills

Are you responsible for a patient's noncompliance? A plaintiff's lawyer will try to convince a jury you are.

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