19 November 2010

Classification of asthma severity in terms

Asthma can be classified into mild, moderate and severe , depending on certain parameters such as frequency and intensity of asthma attacks that occur, the symptoms that occur between crisis and crisis response to different drugs, of exercise tolerance or pulmonary function
The following table presents a classification guide to the severity of asthma, hosted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute :
Symptoms Symptoms Night Pulmonary Function
Less than once a week. Asymptomatic between attacks. Twice a month or less. FEM and / or FEV1> 80% predicted. Variability <20%.
Mild persistent
More than once a week but not daily
More than twice a month but not every week.
FEM and / or FEV1> 80% predicted. Variability 20-30%.
Moderate persistent
Every day. The symptoms affect normal daily activity. Every week at least one night. FEM and / or FEV1 60-80% predicted. Variability> 30%.
Severe persistent
Continued symptoms. Daily FEM and / or FEV1 <60% predicted. Variability> 30%.

Classification of Asthma in terms of age

  • Asthma in infants . The vast majority are of viral origin, by the same viruses that cause bronchiolitis. In this type of asthma can not be demonstrated eosinophilic infiltration of the mucosa, so that if asthma is not by definition.
  • Asma school age . It mainly affects boys (2:1 to 4:1, depending on age groups), and is associated with allergy to pneumoallergens in most cases.
  • Asthma in adolescence . It is characterized by the denial of symptoms and treatment regimens, and is the age range with higher mortality.
  • Adult asthma .

17 November 2010

Send your child a smoke-free message

No parent wants their child to start smoking, but is particularly important to discourage this behavior in children with asthma. If your child has asthma, the fact that smoking may nullify the effect of any drug "control" you are taking. It is also possible that your child needs the drug most frequently used "rescue", seek medical emergency care and consultation of the doctor more often and miss more classes because of asthma attacks.
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