Asthma, Allergy and COPD Care Insights

Alternative Treatments for Asthma 

Are they sham treatments or do they really work?

Take the Mold Allergy Quiz

Molds are microscopic fungi that are everywhere in our environment. Learn about mold allergy by taking this multiple-choice quiz.

1. How many species of mold exist?
2. People sensitive to molds are allergic to what part of the mold organism?
3. Molds inside the home are often found:
4. How do mold spores get into a house?
5. Molds grow in places other than in your home, including:
6. If you think you have mold in your house, how should you test for it?
7. How can you tell if you have a mold problem?
8. If you are sensitive to mold spores, which of these steps should you take in your home?

Molds in the Environment 

Molds are found everywhere in the environment, both indoors and outdoors, and throughout the year.

Asthma Triggers 

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease with recurrent breathing problems.

COPD Can Affect Sleep and Mental Health 

A recent study found sleep and mental health problems are common in people with COPD.

Let Them Eat Dirt!  

Our battle with germs may have gone too far.

COPD: Lung Surgery Options 

As COPD progresses, it can lead to other health problems. Treatments may be available to help. In some severe cases, surgery may improve COPD.

An Overview of Allergies 

When your immune system mistakenly identifies a normally harmless substance as damaging to your body.

Gluten Allergy 

Three types of gluten allergies and how you can manage them.

How Often You Should Clean Everything in Your House 

The toilet is not the dirtiest thing in your home.

Allergy Shots Can Help Baby Boomers, Too  

Research shows you’re not too old for allergy shots.

Your Child's Asthma 

How asthma will affect a child's life varies, depending on the child.

Children's Asthma Peak Flow Calculator

Some people use peak flow meters to monitor changes in asthma. Peak flow readings show how well a child's lungs are working. This calculator shows the predicted peak flow in children. With your child's height, you can find his or her predicted peak flow. Predicted peak flow is how much air a child of a certain height is expected to breathe out (exhale) after taking a deep breath.

An even more important number is your child's personal best peak flow. This number helps monitor your child's asthma. Changes from your child's personal best help you see how well your child's asthma is controlled. These changes also can let you know when your child needs medicine and when your child needs medical care.

If you don't know how to find it, click here for an explanation.

Note: The minimum height for this calculator is 44 inches.

Enter Your Child's Information

What is your child's height?

This calculator is not intended to replace the evaluation of a health care professional.