TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………..9
Chapter One: An Overview of Asthma……………………………………….11
Understanding Asthma………………………………………………………………..12
Classification of Asthma………………………………………………………………..12
Common Tests Used to Detect Asthma……………………………………….13
Atopy and Allergy……………………………………………………………………………16
Asthma Attacks………………………………………………………………………………..16
Chapter Two: What Triggers Asthma?……………………………………….21
Asthma Triggers………………………………………………………………………………..22
How to Handle Heartburn to Prevent Asthmatic Trigger……………….37
How to Handle Emotional Trigger……………………………………………….38
Chapter Three: Warning Signs, Diagnosis, and Medical Treatments..41
Common Symptoms for Asthma……………………………………….42
Early Warning Signs…………………………………………………………………..42
Danger Signs………………………………………………………………………………..44
Diagnosis………………………………………………………………………………..45
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs)……………………………………………….45
Spirometry………………………………………………………………………………..47
Lung Volumes………………………………………………………………………………..49
Airway Resistance…………………………………………………………………….50
Nitric Oxide Test……………………………………………………………………………50
Bronchial Provocation and Challenge Tests………………………………..51
Diffusing Capacity………………………………………………………………………..51
Arterial Blood Gases……………………………………………………………………52
Why PFTs Are Important in Diagnosing Asthma?………………………..52
Medications………………………………………………………………………………..53
Quick – Relief Medications…………………………………………………………56
Antibiotics………………………………………………………………………………..65
Tips on How to Aid a Patient Having an Asthma Attack………………..65
Chapter Four: Natural Remedies for Asthma……………………………….69
Type of Foods You Need to Eat……………………………………………………..70
Foods You Need to Avoid……………………………………………………………..83
Supplements………………………………………………………………………………..86
Essential Oils………………………………………………………………………………..89
Chapter Five: Asthma in Children, Adults and Pregnant Women……..91
Asthma in Pregnant Women…………………………………………………………92
Asthma in Babies/Small Children………………………………………………….96
Asthma in Older Adults…………………………………………………………………102
Chapter Six: Asthma and Smoking………………………………………………….105
Secondhand Smoke………………………………………………………………………106
Quick Facts………………………………………………………………………………..107
Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke………………………………………………..107
Secondhand Smoke in Adults……………………………………………………………110
Secondhand Smoke in Work Environments………………………………………..111
Myths and Facts about Secondhand Smoke………………………………………..112
How to Quit Smoking………………………………………………………………………..114
Types of Quitting Programs for Smokers……………………………………………115
Chapter Seven: FAQs about Asthma……………………………………………………117
Frequently Ask Questions about Asthma………………………………………….118
Photo References………………………………………………………………………………..127
References………………………………………………………………………………..129