Asthma. By Jason Chow. Agenda. What is Asthma? Risk Factors Who’s at Risk? Types of Asthma Causes of Asthma Attacks Prevention Health Management Help Bibliography and Links. What is Asthma?. A common condition which involves a difficulty in breathing
By Jason Chow
- Asthma attacks can be triggered anywhere and anytime
- Difficulty of breathing and spasmodic coughing
- Children are usually born with this disease but later outgrow it
- Allergic reactions can cause asthma attacks.
- Non-Allergic asthma attacks are caused by pollution in the air.
- Exercise-induced attacks are triggered when patients with asthma exercise too hard.
- Emotional stress can cause an attack
- Overdoing regular exercises may lead to shortness of breath
- Two chemicals are released when an attack is triggered : Histamine and Acetyl Choline.
- Histamine is the most frequently released because it is triggered by an allergic reaction
- These chemical causes the bronchial muscles to contract
- By avoiding known allergies patients can greatly increase the prevention of attacks
- Exposure to smoke, pollution, etc. should also be avoided
- Inhaling drugs like aminophylline or theophylline should prevent some painful attacks for awhile
- Do not drink beer or wine or eat food like shrimp, dried fruits, and other foods that cause asthma symptoms
- Warm up before exercising and cool down after. Cooling down allows your lungs to adjust to the temperature differences
- Never overdo daily exercises because it may prove too great of a challenge and an attack may occur
- Exercise daily with an activity that you best like. This prevents you from boredom and quitting.
- Drink adequate liquids and eat well-balanced meals. Junk food only worsens the condition
- Asking a doctor about this condition is a great way to learn how to manage this disease
- Contact a healthcare professional to start an exercise plan best for you
- Getting to people to understand a patient’s condition may help
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions about this condition to a doctor
- Make sure a loved one has an Asthma Action Plan. Familiarize with it so you know exactly what to do
Anne Hildyardl. The Marshall Cavendish Encyclopedia of Health. 99 White Plains Road: Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2003
Pam Walker. The Respiratory System. Farmington Hills, ML : Thomson Learning, 2003