More than twenty million Americans, or 1 in 12 US residents, has asthma, making it one of the nation's most common and costly diseases. This program looks at the causes, treatments and management of this disease. It features physicians from the American Lung Association, the Cleveland Clinic Florida and Harvard Medical School.
There is no cure for asthma, so it's important to learn how to manage the disease to live an active and healthy life. An important key to keeping asthma under control is a personalized management plan that your healthcare team will develop with you. This plan should include a balance of medication and tips for avoiding triggers that could lead to an asthma attack. In this program, you'll learn ways to live with asthma.
Anyone who is diagnosed with asthma must learn to recognize the symptoms of an asthma flare-up and learn to pinpoint the triggers that can lead to an asthma episode. Knowing both, along with medication and a personal action plan are key to being active and healthy with asthma.
It's not terminal, but it's a disease that negatively affects the quality of daily life. Allergic Rhinitis, sometimes called Hay Fever, is an aggravating disease that millions of people in America suffer from. This program looks at the status of this disease today, the latest treatments, and how personal awareness makes a difference.
There are two basic types of Allergic Rhinitis - persistent and seasonal. People with seasonal allergies only need treatment during a small window of time while persistent sufferers need treatment year round. In addition to oral medication there are other types of treatments available. Learn more in Part 3.