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Asthma (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Asthma?

Most people with asthma are able to control their condition if they work together with a health-care provider and follow their treatment regimen carefully.

People who do not seek medical care or do not follow an appropriate treatment plan are likely to experience worsening of their asthma and deterioration in their ability to function normally.

Asthma Support Groups and Counseling

Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics
2751 Prosperity Avenue, Suite 150
Fairfax, VA 22031
(800) 878-4403

American Lung Association
61 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10006
(212) 315-8700

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
1233 20th St NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20636
(202) 466-7643

Asthma Pictures

A child with asthma using a metered dose inhaler.
A child with asthma uses a metered-dose inhaler.

An adult with asthma using a spirometer to measure how forcefully she can exhale.
An adult with asthma uses a spirometer to measure how forcefully she can exhale.

A pulse oximeter measures the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream.
A pulse oximeter measures the amount of oxygen in your bloodstream.

A person with asthma receives an inhalation treatment using a hand-held nebulizer.
A person with asthma receives an inhalation treatment using a handheld nebulizer.

A child with asthma uses a metered dose inhaler with a spacer.
A child with asthma uses a metered-dose inhaler with a spacer.

Medically reviewed by James E Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease

REFERENCE:

Fanta, C. "Asthma." NEJM 360 (2009): 1002-1014.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/11/2017

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