By Nick Gephart 3/13/15 A1

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. Anyone can get this disease, but scientists believe that you mostly get it from genetics. If your family member has asthma you have a greater chance of having it.

10 facts about Asthma

1. It is a disease that affects your lungs

2. It may cause wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing.

3. It is one of the most common long-term diseases for children, but also adults can have it.

4. You will have asthma attacks only when something is bothering your lungs

5. If someone in your family has asthma you are more likely to have it.

6. Asthma attacks might cause coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and trouble breathing.

7. Asthma attacks happen in your body’s airways.

8. When you have asthma it means that the airways in your body are inflamed so they swell up often and create thick mucus.

9. There are two types of medicine to help with asthma, they are long-term and quick relief.

10. No one knows exactly how you get asthma, they think it might have to do with genetics.

5 Things a Person Can do to Maintain or Improve Their Health

1. Make sure you take your medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to

2. Try avoiding anything that can cause an asthma attack

3. If you need a quick relief medicine more and more make sure you see your doctor in case you need a long term medicine.

4. Some things you might want to avoid so that it doesn’t trigger your asthma are allergens, pollutants, and exercise. All though you still want to exercise every once in a while.

5. People also need to monitor their asthma so that they can prevent flare-ups and help their doctors make adjustments to their medicine if necessary.


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