Struggling to breathe is frightening. Learn about asthma in our blog

Asthma 101

Asthma is a lung disease that makes it hard to move air in and out of the lungs. There is always some level of inflammation in the airways, so the goal is control when it comes to managing flare-ups. Reducing exposure to triggers and learning when to use medications are some of the basics at …

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Exercising with Asthma

Asthma is a condition often misunderstood and it’s partly because of all the myths that surround the condition. Those with asthma often hear things like: “you are not sick, it’s all in your head” or “you shouldn’t exercise, it may worsen your symptoms.” These misconceptions are simply not true. Asthma is a chronic disease that …

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Debunking Asthma Myths

When asthma takes your breath away, you reach for your inhaler. This can happen anywhere at any time and often people around will ask you about it.  Telling them you have asthma may put you in an uncomfortable situation. They may start asking questions and giving you tons of advice based on misconceptions about the …

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What to do during an asthma attack?

Your child has asthma, and it is frightening to know that he or she is always at risk of an asthma attack. If it happens, you might be shocked, scared, and confused. However, knowing what to do in a moment like this could make the difference. How to know your child is having an asthma …

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Watch Out for These Winter Asthma Triggers!

Spring and Summer allergens are a thing of the past. As winter approaches, you have your weekends filled with road trips, family visits, baking, and enjoying Holiday festivities. Finally, it’s that time of the year when asthma triggers such as pollen are not a worry anymore! The festive atmosphere and family quality time can make …

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Tips for managing your child’s asthma

Helpless. That’s how you feel when you have a child with asthma. About 7 million children in the U.S. suffer from asthma, and the numbers keep rising. Managing asthma for a child is very difficult especially since they are dependent on you to make the right decisions for them. As a parent, the first thing …

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A Hidden Asthma Trigger

As deadlines, chores, and everyday life activities pile up you may start to feel your airways become inflamed, and breathing becoming more difficult. All the early signs of an asthma attack are present, but there are no visible triggers nearby.  Stress, like dust mites, pollen or smoke, can be a common asthma trigger in some …

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Take a deep breath: Asthma doesn’t have to interfere with personal relationships

Thinking about dating, relationships, and sex might be nerve-racking for everyone, but it can be especially challenging for those suffering from asthma. You see your date across the restaurant, feel your chest start to tighten, your breath is shortened and you consider walking out the door before you start wheezing. Reaching for your inhaler can …

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Asthma vs COPD: What’s the Difference?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 30 million Americans. Mainly caused by cigarette smoking, COPD symptoms don’t usually become apparent until there is significant lung damage. In Florida alone, 7.1% of the population is affected by COPD. With symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, COPD is often misdiagnosed as asthma, …

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Asthma: Quick tips to stay in control

For most Americans, May represents the 5th month of the year, the end of the school semester, and the beginning of summer. Unfortunately, for 24 million Americans it might also represent the time of the year when breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing become a daily fear. May has been declared National Asthma and Allergy Awareness …

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