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
Good asthma control requires organization. Find out how to track symptoms and adjust your medications accordingly.
Asthma-friendly products are becoming more popular. Find out if these products could reduce your asthma symptoms.
Curious about exercise and chronic disease? Get the answers to your questions.
The usual advice is eight hours a night, but many factors, such as age and genetics, influence how much shut-eye you need.
Shortness of breath can be frightening. Most of the time, a heart or lung condition is the cause.
Tests and diagnosis
Nitric oxide test — Another tool to diagnose and monitor asthma in children and adults.
Treatments and drugs
Take the right medications at the right time to keep your asthma symptoms under control. Here's how.
By using a three-step approach to asthma management, you can keep your symptoms at bay, reduce flare-ups and prevent complications.
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.
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