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Health Information For Kids
If you have asthma, you probably know about flare-ups (also called asthma “attacks”). That’s when your asthma symptoms get worse.
During a flare-up, you might have:
Some flare-ups are mild, but others are serious. If the flare-up is severe, a kid might:
Flare-ups happen because the airways in your lungs become more irritated and swollen (puffy) than usual. The lungs might make sticky mucus, which clogs the airways. And the muscles around the airways tighten up, making the airways really narrow. These problems make it hard for the lungs to pull air in and push air out.
You can learn to handle asthma flare-ups. Here are three ways to be prepared:
After you’ve had a few flare-ups, you may notice that you feel a certain way when one is coming on. You might have a tight chest, an itchy throat, or a tired feeling. Or do you have a cough, even though you don’t have a cold? If you have a peak flow meter, this might be a good time to use it.
Get help if you feel like a flare-up is about to happen. Let people around you know what’s going on, and then remember your asthma action plan. That’s the written plan created with your doctor that tells you which medicine to take and what to do next. Don’t ignore the flare-up or hope it will go away on its own. It won’t and you might end up in the emergency room.
You also have the power to prevent flare-ups, at least some of the time. Here’s what you can do:
Asthma means breathing problems. Find out what’s going on in the lungs and how to stay healthy, if you have it.
When things are confusing, a plan really helps. Check out this asthma action plan, which you can print out and use to manage breathing trouble.
If you have asthma, certain things may cause you to cough and have trouble breathing. Find out more about asthma triggers in this article for kids.
If you have asthma, you want to breathe easy at home. Find out how in this article for kids.
Asthma makes it hard to breathe. Find out more in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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