By: Carter Mclean

Asthma. What is it?

Asthma is a condition that causes difficulty breathing. Asthma is a condition that doesn't always directly effect the human body. The only time Asthma causes destress to the body is during an Asthma flare up.

How asthma effects the human body.

Asthma causes your respiratory system to become inflamed and then eventually swell. This is the basic idea of what happens during an Asthma flare up. An Asthma flare starts when something outside of your body causes harm to your airways. These things could include pollen,dust and dirt particles. When the small fibers enter your mouth and then down through your primary airway, it builds up mucus which will then clog up your throat. During this time you feel as if you can't breath. As your natural instinct is to keep trying to take deep breaths, it is actually tightening your airways even more.
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How do you get Asthma and who is affected?

If you are someone who has been outside a lot in your lifetime, you are risk of being diagnosed with Asthma. If you have been around plants and animals that carry pollen, dust, mold or animal tissues then your are also at risk of being diagnosed with Asthma. If Asthma has been around in your genetics for many generations than you will most likely develop Asthma symptoms and eventually become diagnosed. Researchers have found that individuals who have been around second hand smoke or if you smoke you have a high percentage of developing symptoms.

Signs and symptoms

Most asthma symptoms are usually set off by a certain thing that effects each body system differently. The most common symptons for people with asthma or at risk could be wheezing, coughing oftenly, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest cavity. Just because someone has these symptoms, it doesnt mean that they are going to develop asthma. It could simply just be a normal reaction. These symptons will will be set off by a certain external irratation. This could be something outside of the body that causes harm to the respiratory system. Triggers could include pollen, dust, toxins or chemicals. Each individual is very different. This would then lead to tightness in the airways, restraining the airflow.


The basic term for the asthma medication would be an inhaler. An inhaler is a device used to shoot a mist into an asthma victims throat. Depending on how severe your asthma is or what kind of asthma you have, your dosage amount or substance type will be different. The two generaic types of inhalers are long term and short term relief. Short term inhaler medications would include abuterol, atrovent and combivent. Long term medication would be taken on a daily basis to break down the condition, an explample of a long term medication would be flovent. If you are not prescribed with an inhaler you might get nebualizer treatments. This would be a water based vapor/mist injected into your nose with then leads to your bronchials. Another name for a antibiotic would a cfc wich is just another way of breaking down the condition. Each person with asthma feels different about there medication so if they felt it was needed they could choose to do the “non antibiotic method” which would not use any substances prescribed by the doctor


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I selected to do my research on asthma due to my past. Since I was born I have had asthma and I have always wanted to get a better understanding of what it is and why I have it. After completing this I feel more comfident with how to control it and wht you can do to prevent an asthma flare up.

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