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Asthma in adults

What is it?


The following may be possible causes of an asthma attack.

Signs and Symptoms:

Most people with asthma have warning signs before symptoms appear. The warning signs are not the same for everyone. Your own warning signs may even be different from time to time. By learning your warning signs, you can start treatment sooner. This may keep you from having a serious asthma attack. Following are some of the warning signs of asthma or signs of an asthma attack.

What are the four levels of asthma?

Medical Care:

You and your caregiver will make an asthma treatment plan. You may need any or all of the following to control your asthma.

Dietary Measures:

Eat healthy foods from all of the 5 food groups, which are fruits, vegetables, breads, dairy products, meat, and fish. Eating healthy foods may help you feel better and have more energy. It may also help you heal faster.

Herbs and Supplements:

Before taking any herbs or supplements, ask your caregiver if it is OK. Talk to your caregiver about how much you should take. If you are using this medicine without instructions from your caregiver, follow the directions on the label. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than the directions tell you to. The herbs and supplements listed may or may not help treat your condition.

Asthma is a serious illness. The use of herbs and supplements should not take the place of good medical care.



Complementary Therapies:

Other ways of treating your symptoms : Other ways to treat your symptoms are available to you.

Talk to your caregiver if:


Care Agreement:

You have the right to help plan your care. To help with this plan, you must learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. You can then discuss treatment options with your caregivers. Work with them to decide what care may be used to treat you. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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Last Updated: 9/15/2016

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