100 Questions and Answers About Asthma by Claudia S. Plottel

By Claudia S. Plottel

In case you be afflicted by bronchial asthma, or have a pal or relative who does, this e-book deals aid. the one ebook to supply the doctor’s and patient’s view, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately bronchial asthma promises authoritative, useful solutions on your questions about treatment plans, coping innovations -- for either sufferer and family members, resources of aid, and masses extra. Written by means of a world-class bronchial asthma specialist and that includes "insider’s" recommendation from an exact sufferer, this booklet is a useful source for somebody dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this debilitating disorder.

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An exacerbation of asthma refers to an increase in lung inflammation and represents a period of increased asthma activity. It indicates a flare of the disease. An exacerbation of asthma manifests itself as the development of pulmonary symptomatology. Examples of exacerbation or “flare” symptoms include wheezing, coughing, nighttime symptoms, increased mucus production from the lungs, breathlessness or dyspnea, and chest pressure or discomfort (Table 4). Table 4 Asthma Exacerbations: Symptoms Symptoms are what an individual experiences.

The rigid bronchoscope is larger and less maneuverable than the flexible scope. It is considered superior to the flexible scope in two specific settings: when dealing with bleeding within the lung, and when retrieving larger aspirated (inhaled) foreign bodies. It also allows for the placement of bronchial stents in specialized circumstances. Most rigid bronchoscopies are indicated for therapeutic purposes. Bronchoscopy is not routinely performed in the care of someone with asthma. Rare situations involving very severe asthma, when marked accumulation of mucus extensively blocks the bronchial passages, can require bronchoscopy to remove the thick, obstructing mucus plugs.

Like any person 51 Plottel_03 11/9/04 8:44 M 1 0 0 Page 52 Q U E S T I O N S & A N S W E R S A B O U T A S T H M A The NAEPP’s expert panel classifies four categories of asthma severity. Specific therapies are recommended for each category of asthma. and INTERMITTENT PERSISTENT Mild intermittent asthma Mild persistent asthma Moderate persistent asthma Severe persistent asthma Severe persistent asthma ty i r e Sev Moderate persistent asthma Mild persistent asthma g n i s rea Mild intermittent asthma Inc Figure 4 NAEPP’s Asthma Classification.

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