Finding Help

Not sure where to start as you search for asthma information? Pulmonologist Paul Enright, MD, helps you find the information you need. Also, chat with others living with asthma in WebMD’s message boards, and find out about helpful asthma organizations on the Internet.

From WebMD’s Asthma Doctor

Not sure where to find answers to your asthma questions? Pulmonologist Paul Enright, MD, shares his roadmap to WebMD’s Asthma Guide to help you find the right information you need to live better with asthma.Feeling overwhelmed from dealing with asthma? It’s important to seek support from your family, friends, co-workers, health care team, and others who have asthma. Discover the many types of support that can help you live confidently with asthma.

Support and Community

Feeling overwhelmed from dealing with asthma? It’s important to seek support from your family, friends, co-workers, health care team, and others who have asthma. Discover the many types of support that can help you live confidently with asthma.

We know that living with asthma is a challenge. From managing your medications to figuring out hidden triggers to dealing with asthma emergencies, asthma specialist Paul Enright, MD, is here to help you breathe easily.

WebMD’s asthma medical expert, Paul Enright, MD, discusses asthma and allergy testing, asthma and pets, exercise-induced asthma, and more.

Sometimes the best advice comes from someone who’s experiencing the same problems as you. Visit WebMD’s support group for people with asthma to get personal advice and encouragement from others who have the same illness.

This article from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America can help you understand why some infants and toddlers are more likely to get asthma. Check out their web site to find out how asthma is treated in infants.

Many people with asthma find that seasons and the weather greatly influence their asthma control.  Check out this pollen and mold count tool on the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology’s web site.

Resources

Frequently asked questions about asthma from MedicineNet. This link takes you to its web site.

An overview of asthma from eMedicineHealth. This link takes you to its web site.

Asthma Organizations

There are numerous organizations with web sites that can help you live better with asthma. Support from organizations such as these help you realize that you are not alone in dealing with asthma and can give you new confidence as you learn to handle the daily challenges.

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Day to Day Living

Self-managing asthma day to day is important to breathe well, stay active, and keep asthma symptoms at bay. Discover the role diet and exercise play in controlling asthma symptoms, and learn how stress and anxiety may trigger an asthma attack.

Diet

While there’s no asthma diet, there are specific guidelines for eating well with asthma. Discover the special dietary tips you must know if you have this breathing problem.

Exercise

Is asthma preventing you from exercising? It doesn’t have to! Discover which forms of exercise are best for people with asthma and how to control asthma while exercising.

Well-Being

Looking for some asthma help? Living with asthma isn’t easy, but there are ways to decrease your stress and find support. Read more.

Does daily stress trigger your asthma? Stress is a common asthma trigger, causing you to feel anxious and short of breath. Learn how to manage stress so you can reduce your asthma symptoms.

Smoke is a powerful trigger of asthma symptoms. Even secondhand smoke is associated with an increase in bronchitis, sinusitis, and asthma. Read more and protect your lungs from further irritation and inflammation.

Treatment & Self-Care

Asthma treatment can vary from anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator asthma inhalers to oral medications to asthma drugs delivered in an asthma nebulizer or breathing machine. Get a better understanding of how asthma medications work so you’ll know which medications can prevent asthma symptoms. Also, learn about natural asthma remedies and ways to monitor your breathing at home.

Treatment

Early and aggressive asthma treatment is key to relieving symptoms and preventing asthma attacks. Find out the many ways asthma is treated and then talk to your doctor to find out what’s right for you.

Asthma medication can work quickly to stop coughing and wheezing.  Learn more about asthma medications and the various methods for taking them.

Wonder if you’re using your asthma inhaler the right way? Do you puff and breathe … or breathe and puff? Learn how to get the most relief from your asthma inhaler.

Do you suffer with thick mucus and swelling in the airways? Learn how asthma is treated with anti-inflammatory medications and how these inhaled and oral medications can prevent asthma attacks.

Do your lungs feel tight? A bronchodilator may help. Read more to learn about the different types of inhalers and how they work to open your airways and relieve asthma.

An asthma nebulizer (breathing machine) can deliver medication to the youngest and oldest asthma patients. Read more about nebulizers to understand how they work.

Sometimes stronger asthma medications are necessary to decrease symptoms. Learn more about prednisone and asthma, how it works, and the possible side effects.

Self-Care

Need better relief for your asthma? Discover some simple self-care strategies you can do right now to ease your asthma symptoms and be more active.

Have you ever tried a peak flow meter? This asthma test can warn you of an impending asthma attack so you can pretreat before you have serious problems. Read more!

An asthma action plan is the simplest way to understand and manage your asthma. Learn how to create an asthma action plan with your doctor. It may save your life!

Monitoring your asthma is crucial to reduce symptoms. While there’s no asthma cure, keeping an asthma diary will help you recognize asthma attacks and prevent them before you become seriously ill. Learn more about this self-management technique.

Managing Your Child’s Asthma at School

Do you know how to prevent your child from having an asthma attack at school? Learn what you must do to educate the teacher and other adults who may be caring for your child.

What makes you wheeze or cough? Learning more about asthma triggers can help you reduce the chance of having asthma.

 

Do you want to breathe easily? Learn more about home air filtration systems and how they work to reduce allergens that trigger your sneezing and wheezing.

Looking for some natural asthma remedies? Learn more about herbs, natural dietary supplements, acupuncture, chiropractic, biofeedback, and homeopathy, and how these alternative treatments may alleviate symptoms of asthma.

Looking for a natural asthma cure? Don’t try an over-the-counter remedy without reading this information first.

Special Situations

Afraid that asthma might disrupt your pregnancy? Learn more about asthma and pregnancy, and find ways to reduce risk to your unborn baby.

Diagnosis & Tests

Knowing all about your asthma triggers and symptoms can help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the most effective treatment. Learn about the tests your doctor may use to make an asthma diagnosis. Discover more about lung or pulmonary function tests and the different tests used for allergy and asthma.

Diagnosis

Can’t catch your breath? Cough frequently at nighttime? Ask your doctor to see if you might have asthma. Read more about the tests your doctor will use to make the diagnosis.

Newly diagnosed? It’s important to understand which health care professionals will help you stay well with asthma. Read more about asthma specialists.

It’s a good idea to know what to ask your asthma doctor before you step into the office.

Tests

There are several asthma tests your doctor may use to make an asthma diagnosis. Read about the most common asthma tests before your next appointment.

To determine if you have asthma or other lung problems, your doctor will perform lung function or pulmonary function tests. Learn more about lung function tests so you’ll know what to expect as your doctor makes a diagnosis.

Almost anything can trigger an allergic reaction. Learn about allergy tests and how they are used to make a diagnosis of allergies or asthma. Find out how to prepare for allergy tests

Symptoms & Types

Can you recognize the many common — and uncommon — symptoms of asthma? Without a good understanding of the different asthma symptoms and the various types of asthma, it’s difficult to treat this condition with medications and breathe easier. Learn more and prevent asthma attacks.

Symptoms

Do you have to wheeze in order to have asthma? Not at all! Discover the specific signs and symptoms of asthma. Find out how early treatment can help you manage asthma symptoms and live an active life.

Do you know the early warning signs of an asthma attack? Read more about asthma attack symptoms so you can prevent an emergency.

Sometimes asthma symptoms include sighing, fatigue, and rapid breathing, not coughing or wheezing. Learn more about unusual asthma symptoms so you know when to use treatment.

Are your symptoms asthma or potentially another lung condition? Take the WebMD Lung Health Check.

Types

Do you know about the different  types of asthma? Learn about these types so you can seek effective treatment when you do have a breathing problem.

Do allergies make you cough, wheeze, and sneeze? Read more about allergic asthma, so you can prevent these symptoms.

Exercise-induced asthma can make physical activity difficult, even frightening. Find out about pretreatment with exercise-induced asthma, and learn how you can be active again.

Do you suffer from frequent coughs? You may have asthma. Read about cough-variant asthma and how it is treated.

Is your asthma work-related? Learn about asthma in the workplace and how to prevent an asthma attack.

Does asthma keep you awake at night? Discover the signs and symptoms, prevention, and treatment of nocturnal asthma so you can get quality sleep.

Are you sure it’s asthma? Asthma mimics, including cardiac asthma and vocal cord dysfunction, may have similar symptoms but are treated differently. Learn more.

Overview & Facts

Have you suffered with asthma for a while? Maybe you’re recently diagnosed, or a caregiver to someone with asthma. Learn more about this increasingly common breathing problem, including asthma causes, risk factors, and prevention. We want you to take control of your asthma symptoms and live an active life.

What Is Asthma?

What does asthma feel like? Can sex trigger asthma? Why doesn’t my asthma inhaler work? Read our quick answers to common asthma questions so you can stay well — and be active — even with asthma.

Want to learn all about asthma? Read about this increasingly common breathing problem that affects adults, teens, and kids alike.

Did your symptoms of asthma develop as an adult? Learn more about adult-onset asthma and how you can treat the symptoms to breathe easily.

Asthma affects kids in different ways. Discover the causes of childhood asthma and what you can do to prevent asthma attacks.

How does bronchial asthma differ from regular asthma? Read more about bronchial asthma and how you can prevent this condition from worsening.

Do you know the early signs of an asthma attack? They may surprise you. Learn more about asthma attacks and why early treatment is important to prevent asthma emergencies.

A severe asthma attack (called status asthmaticus) can be life-threatening. Make sure you have an emergency plan established, so you can get immediate treatment for severe asthma attacks.

Causes and Triggers

What makes you wheeze or cough? Learning more about asthma triggers can help you reduce the chances of having asthma.

An allergy can make you sneeze, cough, itch, and wheeze. Most people with asthma also have allergies. Read more about common allergens and how to prevent these from triggering your asthma symptoms.

Do you suffer with sinusitis or postnasal drip? Many times, these problems trigger asthma symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing.  Learn how you can prevent serious problems by treating symptoms early.

Discover which foods are most likely to cause a serious breathing problem, and take preventive steps to avoid these asthma triggers.

Do you cough or wheeze shortly after starting to exercise? If so, you may have exercise-induced asthma. Learn how treatment can help prevent exercise-induced asthma.

About 75% of patients with asthma also have frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Find out about some self-care strategies you can take to prevent GERD.

Smoking is a powerful trigger of asthma symptoms. Even secondhand smoke is associated with asthma. Read more and protect your lungs from further irritation and inflammation.

If you have asthma, even the slightest respiratory tract infection can trigger an asthma attack. Read more about good hygiene and preventive care so you can reduce infections and the chance of serious breathing problems.

Do you know which medications may trigger a life-threatening asthma attack? Aspirin and other medications can cause wheezing and increased mucus in sensitive people. Read more and find out if you’re at risk.

Are You at Risk?

Does asthma run in your family?  Learn more about asthma risk factors and then try to change those you can control.

Prevention

While there’s no asthma cure, there are simple steps you can take right now to reduce the chances of having asthma symptoms. Learn how to prevent asthma so you breathe easily.

If you have allergies, learn some strategies to prevent asthma. Find out how to avoid allergens to reduce the chance of coughing and wheezing.

Do you get a flu shot each fall? Discover how a flu shot can help you stay well with asthma, and then ask your doctor about this annual vaccine.

If you suffer with allergies and asthma, allergy shots may help decrease your sensitivity to allergy triggers.  Ask your doctor if allergy shots might help you to breathe easier.