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Alternative medicine

CAM asthma treatments

Complementary and alternative medicine: Discover which home remedies show promise for asthma

Definition

Allergies and asthma

Allergies and asthma are often linked. A Mayo Clinic specialist discusses how they're connected — and what you can do to manage both.

Lifestyle and home remedies

Adult asthma action plan

Good asthma control requires organization. Find out how to track symptoms and adjust your medications accordingly.

Asthma-friendly products

Asthma-friendly products are becoming more popular. Find out if these products could reduce your asthma symptoms.

Exercise and chronic disease

Curious about exercise and chronic disease? Get the answers to your questions.

How much sleep do you really need?

The usual advice is eight hours a night, but many factors, such as age and genetics, influence how much shut-eye you need.

Risk factors

Pregnancy and asthma

Wonder how to safely treat asthma during pregnancy? Here's what you need to know to promote a healthy pregnancy.

Secondhand smoke

It might be someone else's smoke, but the risks are yours. Consider simple steps for avoiding secondhand smoke.

Symptoms

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath can be frightening. Most of the time, a heart or lung condition is the cause.

Tests and diagnosis

Asthma: Testing and diagnosis

Breathing problems raise a red flag, but asthma diagnosis isn't always straightforward.

CT scan

A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.

Nitric oxide test

Nitric oxide test — Another tool to diagnose and monitor asthma in children and adults.

Peak flow meter

Do asthma flare-ups sneak up on you? Take charge by using a peak flow meter.

Spirometry

Spirometry is a simple office test used to check how well your lungs are working.

X-ray

X-rays are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs.

Treatments and drugs

Allergy shots

Regular allergy shots may not be your idea of a good time. But they're generally safe — and might provide the long-term allergy relief you need.

Asthma inhalers

Choose the right inhaler to prevent symptoms or treat asthma attacks on the go.

Asthma medications

Take the right medications at the right time to keep your asthma symptoms under control. Here's how.

Asthma treatment: 3 steps

By using a three-step approach to asthma management, you can keep your symptoms at bay, reduce flare-ups and prevent complications.

Prednisone risks, benefits

Corticosteroids, such as prednisone and cortisone, are used to successfully treat a variety of conditions. But these medications can also cause unwanted side effects. Get the facts here.

Prednisone risks, benefits

Corticosteroids, such as prednisone and cortisone, are used to successfully treat a variety of conditions. But these medications can also cause unwanted side effects. Get the facts here.

Feb. 13, 2014