What Is Asthma? - Paper

2143 Words May 20th, 2010 9 Pages
WHAT IS ASTHMA? Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs. When this inflammation occurs, the asthma symptoms start to show, such as, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Even though there are many treatments for asthma symptoms, it is still a very serious disease that affects more than 22 million Americans and brings nearly 2 million E.R. visits per year. Asthma can be lived with very well as long as proper treatment measures are taken (Wrongdiagnosis). Asthma itself can be described as having 3 major features: airway obstruction, …show more content…
Your symptoms may even be different from one asthma attack to the next. Some common symptoms would include: coughing (especially at night), wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness, pain, or pressure. In addition, some people may only have asthma during exercise or with a viral infection. Obviously the worst symptom of asthma is to have an asthma attack. An asthma attack is a sudden worsening of asthma symptoms caused by the tightening of muscles that surround your airways, also known as a bronchospasm. The lining of the airways becomes swollen and thicker mucus is produced. All of these factors cause the symptoms to induce such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include: severe wheezing when breathing in and out, non-stop coughing, very rapid breathing, chest pain/pressure, retractions in the neck and chest muscles, anxiety/panic feelings, pale face, blue lips, and medication ceases to help. If you are experiencing an asthma attack, you must use your medication immediately, if medicine is not available or not working, you must be taken to the hospital to get immediate help(CDC).

TYPES OF ASTHMA There are many types of asthma that affect many different types of people. Asthma is so unique in the fact that it doesn’t just do one thing to someone who has it, the symptoms and causes and triggers will vary

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