Characteristics and Treatments for Asthma Essay

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Characteristics and Treatments for Asthma

Asthma is very common, but it isn’t well understood. Current treatments for the disease are getting to be more effective. In the future, hopefully advances in medical research will lead to even better treatments then the ones we currently have. We use our lungs to breathe they work by taking oxygen from the air we breathe in and then disposing it as carbon dioxide; Carbon Dioxide is a deadly waste product made by the cells of the body. Once this exchange has taken place, Carbon dioxide is removed from the body by breathing it out, or exhaling.

Asthma is a disorder that interferes with the lungs and the airways to the lungs. It causes attacks of wheezing and difficult breathing. An asthma
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Asthmas attacks can happen at any time and the can happen anywhere. Many attacks occur at night. There can be warning signs of an attack before it happens, but sometimes there aren’t any signs at all.

Symptoms of Asthma

The symptoms of asthma can different among people. Usually there is itchy throat, or tightness in the chest, followed by a cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath.

It's time to get help if...
· Your symptoms do not get better with medicine Your breathing continues to get worse after treatment
· Your fingernails or lips turn grayish or blue
· It is difficult to walk or talk, or you have extreme difficulty breathing
· It feels like your neck, chest, or ribs are pulled in with each breath you take
· Your nostrils flare when you breathe
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians

Triggers of Asthma

Although the specific things that trigger an asthma attack can change from person to person, some common triggers are well known. These include the following:
Allergens (substances that people are allergic to)
Common allergens include pollen, mold, animal hair or fur, household dust/dust mites, cockroaches, and certain foods.
Infections
Both bacterial and viral infections can irritate the airways, triggering asthma attacks.
Sinusitis (inflammation of the nose and nasal airways)
During a sinus infection, mucus draining into the nose, throat, and

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