Lora J. Stewart MD


Asthma Action Plan: Red Zone

An asthma action plan is based on zones defined by your symptoms, your peak flow, or both. It tells you what to do if you have a sudden increase in your asthma symptoms ( asthma attack ). You are in the red zone of your asthma action plan if you have severe asthma symptoms. Symptoms include: Any shortness of breath…

Wheezing

Wheezing is a whistling noise of varying pitch and loudness that occurs when the small airways of the lungs become narrower because of inflammation or a buildup of mucus and dead cells in the airway. As these small air passages become narrower, wheezing may be heard when the person breathes out. As the passages continue…

Wheezing

Wheezing is a whistling noise of varying pitch and loudness that occurs when the small airways of the lungs become narrower because of inflammation or a buildup of mucus and dead cells in the airway. As these small air passages become narrower, wheezing may be heard when the person breathes out. As the passages continue…

Status Asthmaticus

Status asthmaticus is a long-lasting and severe asthma attack that does not respond to standard treatment. It occurs when asthma symptoms—difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing—fail to improve with emergency medicine treatment. Status asthmaticus is an emergency situation that can lead to death. A person with this…

Asthma in Children

Discusses causes and symptoms of asthma in children. Looks at treatment with medicine such as inhaled corticosteroid and albuterol. Discusses avoiding triggers and treating attacks. Covers using nebulizers, metered-dose with spacer and dry powder inhalers.