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  1. 1. What Is Asthma And What Are Some Of The Common Symptoms? By: Mitchell McCarthy
  2. 2. What is Asthma? <ul><li>Asthma is a chronic lung disease that has two main components </li></ul><ul><li>One of them is inflammation, which is irritation and the swelling of the airways </li></ul><ul><li>The other is bronchoconstriction, which is when the smooth muscles of the airway tighten up </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is it important? <ul><li>Both of these together cause a narrowing of the airway and make it harder to breathe </li></ul><ul><li>In some cases can cause death.. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are some of the Common Symptoms? <ul><li>Coughing, especially at night </li></ul><ul><li>Wheezing </li></ul><ul><li>Shortness of breath </li></ul><ul><li>Chest tightness, pain, or pressure </li></ul>
  5. 5. How Is Asthma Treated and Controlled? <ul><li>Prevent chronic and troublesome symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain good lung function </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain your normal activity levels and sleep through the night </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent asthma attacks that could result in your going to the emergency room or being admitted to the hospital for treatment </li></ul>
  6. 6. Asthma inhalers <ul><li>Inhalers allow people with asthma to lead active lives without fear of an attack </li></ul><ul><li>They enable children and adults with asthma to deliver medicine directly to their lungs nearly anytime and anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Inhalers are hand-held portable devices that deliver medication directly to the lungs </li></ul>
  7. 7. Which one's right for you? <ul><li>A variety of inhalers are available to help relieve or control asthma symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>A variety of inhalers exist, but they basically fall into two categories: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metered dose inhalers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dry powder inhalers </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Metered dose inhalers <ul><li>device that helps deliver a specific amount of medication to the lungs </li></ul><ul><li>usually by supplying a short burst of aerosolized medicine that is inhaled by the patient </li></ul>
  9. 9. Dry powder inhalers <ul><li>Also known as (DPI) </li></ul><ul><li>a device that delivers medication to the lungs in the form of a dry powder </li></ul><ul><li>The medication is commonly held either in a capsule for manual loading or a proprietary form from inside the inhaler </li></ul>
  10. 10. Works Cited <ul><li>http://abcnews.go.com/Health/AsthmaOverview/story?id=4861348 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-symptoms </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma-inhalers/HQ01081 </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dry_powder_inhaler </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metered_dose_inhaler </li></ul>

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