Asthma

My Disease Project - Aidan Barton A2

Intro

Asthma is a disease that can affect anyone and everyone. There are treatments, but no definite cure. It is everywhere in the world, but is less common is some places.

What and How

Asthma is a non-communicable disease that causes person's airways to become inflamed, get more narrow and swell. It also causes the person to produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. It can also be described as a disease involving the airways in the lungs. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, shortness pf breath and tightness of the chest. You can not catch it by breathing in infected air or by touching anything the person has. The only ways you can catch or develop it is by being born with it, developing it over time, or catching it as a side or after effect or another disease.

Where and Who

One in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of the population) had asthma in 2009, compared with 1 in 14 (about 20 million, or 7%) in 2001. More than half (53%) of people with asthma had an asthma attack in 2008. More children (57%) than adults (51%) had an attack. (Quoted From: "Asthma in the US." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 03 May 2011. Web. 11 May 2016.)

What It Does

The main threat of asthma, or asthma bronchitis, is asthma attacks. These are moments, sometimes brief, some times long in which the person afflicted with asthma "
  • Severe shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain, and coughing or wheezing
  • Low peak expiatory flow (PEF) readings, if you use a peak flow meter
  • Worsening symptoms despite use of a quick-relief (rescue) inhaler"
(Asthma Attack." Symptoms. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.)


This can be very dangerous, but the chance of frequent asthma attacks are very, very low.

How to Treat

Some ways to treat or live with asthma are to exercise, but not to a point where you start to breathe hard. You can also try to do normal things to keep fit, like eat healthy and burn carbs regularly. Some other things are, if you have a serious case, then you should try to avoid chewy foods.

Citations

Asthma Attack." Symptoms. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.

Asthma in the US." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 03 May 2011. Web. 11 May 2016

Asthma Prevention." life. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 May 2016.

Aidan Barton - A2