What causes Asthma?
The exact cause of Asthma is still unknown but researchers
know its from a variety of factors, like family genes and
environment. If asthma runs in the family, exposure to
airborne allergens and irritants can make airways reactive to
the air you breath.
How is it Transmitted?
Asthma is transmitted by genes, but that doesn’t mean you
get asthma the day your born you can live your entire life
without having any asthma symptoms, since asthma can be
triggered by environmental factors such as allergies,
Cockroaches, pet dander, smoke and mold.
Is it communicable?
No asthma is not communicable its only inherited from a parent.
Who gets it?
Anyone with the gene is vulnerable,children and adults any age
can have asthma. Although more likely to start during childhood.
During childhood boys are more likely to have asthma then girls
but during adulthood women are more likely to have asthma then
Signs and symptoms?
Some symptoms of asthma are coughing, usually its worst
is during night time and morning time. A loud wheezing
when breathing, chest tightens up and a squeezing feeling,
and shortness of breath. Symptoms vary from person to
person and can occur at anytime, that is why asthma can
be very deadly asthma attacks can happen at anytime.
Somethings that make symptoms occur are
molds,pollens,dust,certain medicines, Viral respiratory
infections, and even exercise.
How is it detected?
Doctors will do a regular check up and ask many questions,
some questions they will ask are whether you cough a lot
especially at night time. If breathing becomes heavy and hard
after physical activity. They will also ask if any family members
have asthma, this is a big question since asthma is transmitted
by genes and if a family member has asthma the chances of
you having asthma increase by a significant amount. After the
many questions asked by doctors they will give you a lung
function test which is called spirometer. Spirometer measures
the amount of air you can exhale.
Can you get it again or do you become immune?
Asthma is a lifetime disease that will never fully go away, although
during teen years the disease may subside. Although the asthma
symptoms subside doctors tell patient to still have their inhalers since
they could have an asthma attack out of no where.
How is the body affected and what parts of the body are affected?
Asthma affects airway inflammation, bronchial restriction, and irregular
Bronchial restriction happens when the muscles in the airways constrict
and tighten around your bronchial tubes. Mucus that is secreted by the
reaction can obstruct your airway and make it increasingly difficult to
breathe effectively.Asthma affects the lungs and the wind pipes,
sometimes stomach muscles and the diaphragm become enlarge
because during attacks these muscles usually force oxygen in and out
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