Asthma

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Words to Know


asthma action plan—a plan you write with your child’s doctor. It lists the medicines your child takes. It also tells what to do if your child has an asthma attack.


bronchodilators (brahn-koh-DYE-lay-turz)—medicines that open up the breathing tubes in the lungs.


cromolyn (KROH-moh-lin)—an inhaled medicine that cuts down inflammation.


leukotriene receptor antagonists (loo-koh-TRY-een ree-SEP-tur an-TAG-uh-nists)— a kind of pill you take to prevent asthma symptoms.


steroids (STAIR-oydz)—a pill or liquid to take by mouth, or a spray you breathe in, to help prevent or get rid of asthma symptoms. It cuts down inflammation.


wheeze (weez) or wheezing (weez-ing)—high-pitched whistling sound when breathing.