Asthma Outline Essay

2005 Words Oct 25th, 2012 9 Pages
Chronic Disease: Asthma Outline
Kyle S. Leister
Dr. John Wallman

Chronic Disease: Asthma Outline
I. Introduction: Looking at Asthma and breaking it down to fully understand the chronic disease.
II. Description of Asthma: A. Meaning of Asthma 1. Asthma as a word means, “To breathe hard.” Just as the definition of the word, people with asthma have a hard time breathing, tightness in the chest and wheezing can occur. It is also a chronic disease of the respiratory system, which the respiratory passages in the lungs become oversensitive and overactive. (i) B. Frequency of Asthma Occurrence 1. Nearly 25 million Americans suffer from asthma (over 8% of adults, over 9% of children), and 60% of
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(5) 2. Side effect of drug (a) Advair Diskus Drug: Advair carries a "black box" warning like other medicines that contain a Long Acting Beta Agonists (LABA). There has been some concern regarding whether LABA treatment increases severity of asthma exacerbations and possibly increases the risk of fatal asthma. Even though a LABA may decrease the frequency of asthma episodes and severity of symptoms, a LABA may make asthma episodes more severe when they do occur. (b) Flunisolide Drug: Some of the side effect may cause dry or irritated throat and mouth, cough, difficult or painful speech. Some other symptoms that may need medical attention are skin rash, increased difficulty breathing, white spots or sores in mouth, swollen face/ lower legs/ or ankles, vision problems, cold or infection that lasts a long time, and muscle weakness.
III. Discussion of Risk Factors A. Body Risk Factors 1. A number of studies have sought to establish the role of the antioxidant vitamins, A, C and E and selenium, yet others of the elements sodium and magnesium. Sub-optimal nutrient intake may enhance asthmatic inflammation, consequently contributing to bronchial hyperreactivity. (6) 2. In some studies, long-acting beta agonists (LABAs) have been linked to life-threatening asthma attacks. The risk appears to be greatest when a

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