The Symptoms Of Asthma

1311 Words 6 Pages
Asthma, sometimes called bronchial asthma, is a disorder that characterized by twitchy airways also known as hyperreactivity and inflammation in the lungs (Marks, Pearce, Strachan, & Asher, n.d.). The airways that carry air to and from the lungs become narrow and swell and produce extra mucus ("Asthma Facts and Figures | AAFA.org," n.d.). Due to the swelling and inflammation, the airways become hypersensitive because of poor air quality, allergens, and strenuous activities, which trigger asthmatic symptoms (Peter Crosta, 2007). Symptoms of asthma include breathing complications, wheezing, coughing, and tightness the in chest (Marks, Pearce, Strachan, & Asher, n.d.). Some people may experience stronger symptoms during physical activity or at …show more content…
Researchers have developed a hypothesis called "Hygiene Hypothesis" due to the concerning rising prevalence rate in children. The theory suggests that children may develop asthma due to the excessive hygiene and sanitation in the Western lifestyle, which cause a lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, microorganisms, and parasites. The lack of exposure causes young children’s immune system and increases the susceptibility to allergic disease by suppressing the natural development of the immune …show more content…
According to a study in New York City, the importance of income determines the severity of asthma in the population. The study showed that low-income population has more hospitalizations visits due to asthma attacks. People of color are more prevalent to asthma attacks because the have lower income than Whites. Poverty can also expose to the things that triggers asthma attacks such as poor household cleanliness (undetected/untreated mold in the house), industrial environment, and lack of air conditioning. Inadequate healthcare, no access to go to medical sites, and unable to afford medications is some other factors for older adults and children in poverty with asthma. Lastly, lack of education in poverty can contribute to the understanding on how to treat and prevent asthma and its

Related Documents

Related Topics