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This prezi is about asthma

Joan Kim

on 6 June 2010

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Transcript of Asthma

Asthma What is Asthma? How common is asthma? How do people get asthma? Who is at risk for asthma? What are the signs and symptoms of asthma? What are the complications of asthma? How is asthma diagnosed? What is the treatment for asthma? How can asthma be prevented? Where can I get more information? Asthma is a lung disease where the airways in the lungs get irritated, swell up, and full of mucus making it hard for the person to breathe. http://www.asthma.com/learn/index.html inhaler Asthma is a very common condition. In developed countries, three to six percent of the total population have asthma. Asthma is more frequent in children, and about one in five children suffer from it. For children, asthma is more commen. For adults, both genders have the same percentage. There is no exact way to get asthma, but doctors think it is genetic. If one has asthma, asthma attacks can occur when one is in cold air, does vigorous exercise, and stress. Triggers are what cause asthma attacks, and they also include allergens which cause allergic reactions. Allergens include pollen, animal danders, house dust, pollution, some foods, perfumes and cigarette smoke. Young children appear to have asthma more frequently than adults. Among young children, asthma seems to be in boys more than girls. Five thousand people die each year because of asthma. Asthma is responsible for 1.5 million emergency department visits, 500,000 hospital admissions, and 100 million days of restricted activity a year. Also, it is very difficult to predict when an attack will become very serious. Asthma is diagnosed based on a physical examination, personal history, and lung function tests. The physical examination looks for typical asthma symptoms like wheezing or coughing, and the personal history is about allergies and family history with asthma. Lung functions have not always been used for diagnosis, but now it is essential according to NHLBI Guidlines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.
Asthma, unfortunately, cannot be cured. When you have an asthma attack, using an inhaler is the most commone thing people do. When an asthma person suffers an asthma attack, the muscles in the bronchial tubes becomes constricted and thus makes it difficult for the person to breathe. An asthma inhaler helps to relax the muscles enabling the person to breathe normally. As said before, asthma cannot be cured. Instead, there are a few things someone could do to prevent many asthma attacksFor example, one can move to an enviroment where the air is clean, get rid of dogs or cats or all animals that might trigger an allergic reaction, clean their house, etc. Some signs and symptoms are coughing, wheezing, tightness of chest, and shortness of breath. Coughing from asthma is often worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep. Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when one breathea. This may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your chest. Some people who have asthma say they can't catch their breath or they feel out of breath. One may feel like he/she can't get air out of your lungs. By: Joan Kim
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