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Asthma Volume 1, Issue 1 2-19-13

Just what is asthma?

Special points of interest: 

Symptoms

Diagnosis

Treatment

Statistics


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Asthma

What is Asthma? Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. It is prevalent in children, but can also occur in adults (CDC.gov). The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but it has several triggers. Some of these triggers include animal hair, dust, mold, certain chemicals, pollen, cold weather, strong emotions, and smoke (http:// www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov_).

T he s ym p toms of as th ma Asthma has numerous symptoms, including:

More severe episodes of asthma may have symptoms of:

Coughing

Sweating

Wheezing

Bluish colored face

Shortness of breath

Extreme difficulty breathing

As thm a di agn os is Diagnosing asthma can be difficult, but doctors ask several questions to do so. They may ask if you have constant coughing, long lasting colds, difficulty breathing after exercise, or other questions relating to the various symptoms of asthma. They may also check your family history checking for allergies in your

family. They can also perform a breathing test, called spirometry, to test if your lungs are working properly (www.CDC.gov/asthma).

Rapid heart pulse

Chest pain or tightness (http:// www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov_)


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How is asthma treated? The main treatment of asthma is done in two ways– fast acting and long term

are suffering from an asthma attack (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

medication. Fast acting medicines will help with immediate symptoms of an asthma attack. Long term medications are use to prevent asthma symptoms, but will not help stop an immediate attack. Both of these come in different forms, like inhalants and pills (www.CDC.gov/ asthma). At home, you should also know what triggers your asthma so you can prevent asthma attacks. You should also have a plan of what causes your asthma and what to do and who to contact if you

As thm a s t atis ti cs Studies over the past 12 years show that asthma is more prevalent in children than adults, males than females, muliracial individuals, and people below the poverty level. These studies also show that the prevalence of asthma has increased over the past few years (http:// www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs).

Statistics from research:

toms improved over that year (http:// web.ebscohost.com/ehost).

One study on the chemicals found in various household products contain chemicals that may be harmful to people with asthma (http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost). Another study conducted on children with asthma that lived in Louisiana after hurricane Katrina, who were exposed to mold due to the storm damage. They were given asthma treatment for a year, and there symp-

Whe re ca n yo u g o fo r i nfo r mat io n abo ut as th ma If a person would like more information about asthma, they contact their physisician, or to CDC.gov to learn more about asthma in the asthma section.


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