asthma

Video: An asthma attack

When you’re not having asthma symptoms, your airways are clear. Air can easily flow in and out of your lungs. When an asthma attack begins, the smooth muscles around the outside of the tubes may tighten. The airways, or bronchial tubes, in the lungs become inflamed and swollen. This makes it difficult for air to…

Treating asthma in children under 5

Treating asthma in children under 5Asthma in children under 5: Understand symptoms, medications and treatment plans.By Mayo Clinic Staff Asthma is ongoing (chronic) inflammation of airways in the lungs. This inflammation makes the airways vulnerable to episodes of difficult breathing (asthma attacks). Common triggers include allergies, colds and exercise. Asthma is managed by controlling inflammation…

Treating asthma in children ages 5 to 11

Treating asthma in children ages 5 to 11Treating asthma in children ages 5 to 11 requires some specialized techniques. Discover tips on symptoms, medications and an asthma action plan.By Mayo Clinic Staff Asthma in children is one of the most common causes of missed school days. The airway condition can disrupt sleep, play and other…

Asthma treatment: 3 steps to better asthma control

Asthma treatment: 3 steps to better asthma controlFollow this three-step approach to keep asthma symptoms under control and prevent asthma attacks.By Mayo Clinic Staff Effective asthma treatment requires routinely tracking symptoms and measuring how well your lungs are working. Taking an active role in managing your asthma treatment will help you maintain better long-term asthma…