by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated August 21, 2009)
Asthma can be caused by allergies or exercise. You can get symptoms while working, exercising, and sleeping. There are several different kinds of asthma, some of which are:
Asthma can restrict the kinds of things you do in your life (for example, you may no longer be able to clean that dog grooming place where you have been moonlighting), but it need not reduce the quality of your life. There are a lot of medications out there that can help your situation. They come in the form of pills or inhalants. Some can be fast-acting and some can provide longer-term relief. The ones that act quickly are best for actual asthma attacks, but the ones that are slower to act can help control your symptoms so that you might not need the quick kind of medication as much. Because there are so many different medications, it will be up to you and your doctor to find the one (or ones) that works best for you. You will need to be patient, too, since sometimes you will find that it takes awhile to get used to the medication and see if it helps you or not.
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