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Knowing asthma

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Knowing asthma

  1. 1. Knowing Asthmawww.allergyasthma.org
  2. 2. What causes Asthma?    The exact cause of Asthma is still unknown but researchersknow its from a variety of factors, like family genes andenvironment. If asthma runs in the family, exposure toairborne allergens and irritants can make airways reactive tothe air you breath.
  3. 3. How is it Transmitted?Asthma is transmitted by genes, but that doesn’t mean youget asthma the day your born you can live your entire lifewithout having any asthma symptoms, since asthma can betriggered by environmental factors such as allergies,Cockroaches, pet dander, smoke and mold.
  4. 4. 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 agecan have asthma. Although more likely to start during childhood.During childhood boys are more likely to have asthma then girlsbut during adulthood women are more likely to have asthma thenmen.
  5. 5. Signs and symptoms?Some symptoms of asthma are coughing, usually its worstis during night time and morning time. A loud wheezingwhen breathing, chest tightens up and a squeezing feeling,and shortness of breath. Symptoms vary from person toperson and can occur at anytime, that is why asthma canbe very deadly asthma attacks can happen at anytime.Somethings that make symptoms occur aremolds,pollens,dust,certain medicines, Viral respiratoryinfections, and even exercise.
  6. 6. 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 lotespecially at night time. If breathing becomes heavy and hardafter physical activity. They will also ask if any family membershave asthma, this is a big question since asthma is transmittedby genes and if a family member has asthma the chances ofyou having asthma increase by a significant amount. After themany questions asked by doctors they will give you a lungfunction test which is called spirometer. Spirometer measuresthe amount of air you can exhale.
  7. 7. Can you get it again or do you become immune?Asthma is a lifetime disease that will never fully go away, althoughduring teen years the disease may subside. Although the asthmasymptoms subside doctors tell patient to still have their inhalers sincethey 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 irregularairway obstruction.Bronchial restriction happens when the muscles in the airways constrictand tighten around your bronchial tubes. Mucus that is secreted by thereaction can obstruct your airway and make it increasingly difficult tobreathe effectively.Asthma affects the lungs and the wind pipes,sometimes stomach muscles and the diaphragm become enlargebecause during attacks these muscles usually force oxygen in and outof lungs.
  8. 8. Want to Know More? WWW.ALLERGYASTHMA.ORG

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