Chapter

Asthma and allergies

Edited by Terry Robinson and Jane E. Scullion

in Oxford Handbook of Respiratory Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199226238
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597970 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199226238.003.0007

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Asthma and allergies

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This chapter covers a definition of asthma, pathophysiology, allergen exposure: early and late phase asthma responses, asthma classification, occupational asthma, risk factors for the development of asthma, inhaled allergens as triggers for asthma, other triggers for asthma, incidence and epidemiology of asthma, morbidity and mortality, assessment of the asthma patient, asthma severity, treatment and management of chronic asthma, assessment of acute asthma, managing acute asthma in adults and children, discharge planning, asthma in pregnancy, asthma management in pregnancy, patient education, asthma action plans, compliance, concordance and adherence, health beliefs, patient-centred consultations, inhaler devices and delivery systems, allergy and the allergic response, atopy, diagnosis of allergy, allergic rhinitis, anaphylaxis, acute and longer-term care of anaphylaxis, and immunotherapy. The chapter concludes with some useful algorithms.

Chapter.  18418 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Respiratory Medicine and Pulmonology

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