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The Asthma Sourcebook


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Written by an award-winning pulmonary specialist and one of "New York" magazine's "Best Doctors in New York," "The Asthma Sourcebook" explores the latest therapies, medications, diet and nutrition guidelines, and provides you with advice on living with this chronic disorder. This trusted source also examines the challenges of raising children with asthma; debunks commonly held beliefs about food, travel, and exercise; and pinpoints real asthma-causing allergens and how you can avoid them.

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xiii
What Is Asthma?p. 1
The Normal Lungp. 1
The Nervous System and the Lungp. 3
Definition of Asthmap. 5
What Causes Asthma?p. 7
Extrinsic Versus Intrinsic Asthmap. 11
How Is the Diagnosis of Asthma Made?p. 12
The Next Stepp. 18
Laboratory Evaluation of Asthmap. 19
Blood Testsp. 19
X-Raysp. 19
Sputum Examp. 20
Analysis of Exhaled Air for Nitric Oxidep. 20
Pulmonary Function Testingp. 21
Allergy Evaluation: Is It Necessary?p. 27
After the Diagnosis Is Madep. 29
The Asthmatic Attackp. 31
Symptoms and Signs of an Attackp. 32
How Should I Interpret Changes in My Peak Flow?p. 37
Having a Treatment Planp. 39
What If Avoidance Doesn't Work?p. 41
The Asthma Medicationsp. 43
Bronchodilator Drugs: Beta-Agonistsp. 43
How Should the B-Adrenergic Agonist Be Given?p. 50
Bronchodilator Drugs: Theophyllinep. 64
Bronchodilator Drugs: Anticholinergic Drugsp. 68
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Inhaled Corticosteroidsp. 70
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Systemic Corticosteroidsp. 78
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Anti-Leukotrienesp. 84
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Cromolyn Sodiump. 87
Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Nedocromil Sodiump. 89
Omalizumabp. 90
Other Asthma Medicationsp. 93
Are Asthma Medications Addictive?p. 96
Are There Delayed Effects of Asthma Medications?p. 97
How Should Asthma Drugs Be Used?p. 98
Strategy for Medication Treatmentp. 99
Adult Asthma: Mild, Moderate, and Severep. 99
The Peak Flow Meter and the Acute Attackp. 103
The National Asthma Education and Prevention Programp. 105
Childhood Asthmap. 107
Managing Asthma in the Elderlyp. 111
Putting Your Strategy to Workp. 116
How to Participate in Managing Your Asthmap. 117
Self-Monitoring and Educationp. 117
Choosing Your Asthma Physicianp. 119
Reducing Allergens at Home and Workp. 120
Reducing Indoor Pollutionp. 127
Outdoor Allergens and Irritantsp. 131
How to Avoid Severe or Fatal Asthma Attacksp. 133
Support Systemsp. 136
Stress and Asthmap. 137
The Asthma Dietp. 138
Do I Have to Change My Job?p. 140
Do I Have to Move?p. 141
Achieving Your Asthma Goalsp. 142
Asthma and Pregnancyp. 143
Rationale for Treatmentp. 143
Treating Asthma During Pregnancyp. 145
Treating Related Conditions During Pregnancyp. 150
Labor and Deliveryp. 152
After Deliveryp. 153
Avoiding Complications During Pregnancyp. 153
Occupational Asthmap. 155
What Is Occupational Asthma?p. 155
Some Examples of Occupational Asthmap. 156
When Should I Suspect I May Have Occupational Asthma?p. 158
Treating Occupational Asthmap. 160
A Growing Problemp. 160
Exercise and Asthmap. 163
Exercise-Induced Asthmap. 163
Making the Diagnosisp. 164
How Should Exercise-Induced Asthma Be Treated?p. 165
Approved Medications for Athletesp. 167
Guidelines for Preventing Exercised-Induced Asthmap. 167
How Does Conditioning Affect Asthma?p. 168
What Type of Exercise Should I Do?p. 169
Achieving Your Goal of an Active Lifestylep. 170
Asthma and Related Illnessesp. 171
What Are the Sinuses?p. 171
What Is Rhinitis?p. 175
What Are Nasal Polyps?p. 176
Asthma and the Stomachp. 177
Conclusion: Look for Related Illnessesp. 180
Asthma and Special Considerationsp. 181
Asthma and Surgeryp. 181
Aspirin-Induced Asthmap. 184
Nocturnal Asthmap. 187
Antidepressant Medication and B-Agonistsp. 190
Sedatives and Asthmap. 190
Oxygen Use in Asthmap. 191
Premenstrual Asthmap. 192
Menopause and Asthmap. 192
Sex and Asthmap. 192
Asthma and Work Disabilityp. 193
Asthma and Pneumoniap. 194
Asthma and Alternative Medicinep. 195
What Are the Alternatives?p. 196
Why Alternative Therapies May Appear to Workp. 199
Future Considerationsp. 201
New Medicationsp. 201
Future Uses of Omalizumabp. 204
New Devicesp. 204
The Next Generationp. 205
The Environmentp. 206
Forming a Partnership Against Asthmap. 207
How to Get More Helpp. 209
Glossaryp. 233
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780071476522
ISBN-10: 0071476520
Series: Sourcebooks
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 9th December 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.05  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised