Asthma Essay

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According to National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute asthma is a chronic or long-term lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. (___) This repertory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi tubes of the lungs making it difficult to breathe. This condition usually is cause by an allergic reaction or irritation. When one of these trigger is inhaled it causes the airway to spasm resulting in the passage constricting. The airways become inflamed, narrow, and swell causing extra mucus production. Mucus, is a thick, slimy substance that is secreted by the mucous membrane and glands. When the pathway is constricted and extra mucus is produced it is hard for air to travail through the airway passage making it difficult to breathe. Not being able to breathe can kill the animal unexpectedly fast.
According to Medical News Today (MNT) “the term asthma comes from the Greek verb aazein, meaning to pant, to exhale with the open mouth, sharp breath.” (__) Asthma has many different names depending on a variety of triggers and the species. In the medical field asthma is typically used when describing the disease in human. The term allergic bronchitis is used
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Asthma is also seen in dogs however, this occurs less frequently than in cats or horses. Asthma can be seen in dogs and cats at any stage of life however, it is most diagnosed in young and middle-aged pets. When referring to horses and cows it is more likely to see asthma in the old rather than the young. Asthma, or acute bovine pulmonary edema in cattle is not uncommon because of the variations in grazing that the cattle experience. Changing the grazing pastures from a dry to a greener area can cause an asthma attack. While asthma is most common in mammals, macaws are susceptible to the disease too. Macaw respiratory hypersensitivity is the name given to the asthma that macaws, especially blue and gold macaws can be afflicted

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