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Asthma. Carolina Koncz , Neha Milind , Ahmed Osman. What is asthma? . Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Origin: the term asthma comes from the Greek verb “ aazein ” meaning to pant.

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Carolina Koncz, NehaMilind, Ahmed Osman

What is asthma
What is asthma?

  • Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways.

  • Origin: the term asthma comes from the Greek verb “aazein” meaning to pant.

  • Scientists are not sure of cause but, most of the time it is hereditary.

When did asthma start
When did asthma start?

  • Asthma was known to be around when the Egyptians were alive.

  • Asthma is also known hundreds of years ago, China people gave other people asthma herbs containing ephedrine to help them breathe.

Signs and symptoms
Signs and Symptoms

  • Examples:

    -recurring period of wheezing

    -chest tightness

    -shortness of breath


  • As soon as you feel an attack coming, you must treat it immediately.

  • Factors: -Parents who have had asthma

    -children with respiratory infections.


  • Perfumes and hair sprays

  • Woodsmoke

  • Chemical fumes

  • Cleaning agents (such as phenyl)

  • Cigarette smoke

  • Strong odor while cooking, particularly frying

  • Atmospheric pollution

  • Plant pollen

  • Household dust

  • Molds

  • Cockroaches

  • Animal fur or skin


  • Many tests can be given to diagnose your asthma.

  • Lung function test -use test called spirometry to check how your lungs are working. It measures how much air you breathe in and out.

  • Bronchoprovocation-test to see how sensitive your airways are to different things.


  • Two types of treatment:

    -Long term control: help reduce airway inflammation and prevent symptoms.

    -Quick relief: “rescue” relieve symptoms that may flare up.

  • Pill form (short term) and Inhaler (long term)

Roles of
Roles of:

  • Diet- Dieting will not help you with your asthma, unless you avoid the foods that trigger your attacks.

  • Exercise- Exercise can sometimes trigger the attack.

  • Medicine- decreases symptoms and prevents inflammation


  • Asthma affects more than 20 million adults in the United States.

  • Asthma is the most common cause of hospitalization for children under the age of 15.

  • It is estimated that 80% of asthma deaths could be prevented with proper asthma education.


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