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  1. Aspergillosis precipitin Aspergillosis precipitin
    Aspergillosis precipitin is a laboratory test to detect antibodies in the blood resulting from exposure to the fungus Aspergillus . How the Test is Performed Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (an...
  2. Aspiration Aspiration
    Aspiration means to draw in or out using a sucking motion. This medical term has two meanings, depending on how it is used: Aspiration can mean breathing in a foreign object (such as sucking food into the airway). The term can also refer to a medical procedure that removes harmful or misplaced subs...
  3. Aspiration pneumonia Aspiration pneumonia
    Aspiration pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs and airways to the lungs (bronchial tubes) from breathing in foreign material. Causes Aspiration pneumonia is caused by breathing foreign materials (usually food, liquids, vomit, or fluids from the mouth) into the lungs. This may lead to: A collect...
  4. Aspirin and heart disease Aspirin and heart disease
    Taking aspirin helps prevent blood clots from forming in your arteries. It also reduces your risk of having a stroke or heart attack. Aspirin may be used to: Prevent heart disease or coronary (heart) artery disease Prevent stroke or mini-strokes (transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs), which are earl...
  5. Aspirin overdose Aspirin overdose
    An overdose of aspirin means you have too much aspirin in your body. This can happen in two ways: If a person accidentally or intentionally takes a very large dose of aspirin at one time, it's called an acute overdose. If a normal daily dose of aspirin builds up in the body over time and causes symp...
  6. AST AST
    AST (aspartate aminotransferase) is an enzyme found in high amounts in heart muscle and liver and skeletal muscle cells. It is also found in lesser amounts in other tissues. This article discusses the test to measure the amount of AST in the blood. How the Test is Performed Blood is typically drawn...
  7. Asthma Asthma
    Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, which causes attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. See also: Pediatric asthma Causes Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles surrounding the airways become tight...
  8. Asthma - child - discharge Asthma - child - discharge
    Your child has asthma, which causes the airways of the lungs to swell and narrow. In the hospital, the doctors and nurses helped your child breathe better. What to Expect When You Get Home Most children will still have asthma symptoms after they leave the hospital. Your child’s wheezing and...
  9. Asthma - control drugs Asthma - control drugs
    Control drugs for asthma are drugs you take to control your symptoms of asthma. You must take them every day for them to work. You and your doctor can make a plan for the control drugs that work for you. This plan will include when you should take them and how much you should take. You may need to t...
  10. Asthma - pediatric Asthma - pediatric
    Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system, which causes swelling and narrowing of the airways. Pediatric asthma refers to asthma in children. Causes This article discusses asthma in children. For a more general discussion about the disease, please see asthma. Asthma is commonly seen in childre...
  11. Asthma - quick-relief drugs Asthma - quick-relief drugs
    Asthma quick-relief drugs work fast to control asthma symptoms. You take them when you are coughing, wheezing, having trouble breathing, or having an asthma attack. They are also called "rescue" drugs. These drugs help relax the muscles of your airways. They are called "bronchodilators." You and you...
  12. Asthma - what to ask the doctor - adult Asthma - what to ask the doctor - adult
    Asthma is a problem with the airways that bring oxygen to your lungs. A person with asthma may not feel symptoms all the time. But when an asthma attack happens, it becomes hard for air to pass through your airways. The symptoms are coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath. Below ...
  13. Asthma - what to ask your doctor - child Asthma - what to ask your doctor - child
    Asthma is a problem with the airways that bring oxygen to your lungs. A person with asthma may not feel symptoms all the time. But when an asthma attack happens, it becomes hard for air to pass through your airways. The symptoms are coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath. Below ...
  14. Asthma and allergy - resources Asthma and allergy - resources
    The following organizations are good resources for information on asthma and allergies: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology - www.aaaai.org Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics - www.aanma.org American Lung Association - www.lungusa.org Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Net...
  15. Asthma and school Asthma and school
    Children with asthma need a lot of support at school. They may need help from school staff to keep their asthma under control and to be able to do school activities. You should give the school staff an asthma action plan that tells staff how to take care of your child's asthma. Ask your childâ€...