Asthma

By: DJ S 6/9/15 D2

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease that effects your lungs. It can cause wheezing, lack of breath and chest tightness. Asthma can be controlled with the right treatment.

10 Facts on Asthma

Fact 1 - Asthma is a lung disease that causes difficulty breathing.

Fact 2 - Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine.

Fact 3 - It can be hard to tell if someone has asthma. Therefore, your lungs should be checked out by a doctor to make sure you don't have asthma.

Fact 4 - No one knows how people get asthma but, experts think that it could happen from genes and the environment.

Fact 5 - An asthma attack may include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and trouble breathing.

Fact 6 - When you control your asthma,

  • you won’t have symptoms such as wheezing or coughing,
  • you’ll sleep better,
  • you won’t miss work or school,
  • you can take part in all physical activities.

Fact 7 - An asthma attack can happen when you are exposed to "asthma triggers."

Fact 8 - You can control your asthma and avoid attacks by taking your medicine as your doctor tells you and by staying away from things that can trigger an attack.

Fact 9 - Asthma results in 456,000 hospitalizations and 1.75 million emergency room visits yearly.

Fact 10 - About 25.9 million Americans have asthma.

5 things you should or shouldn't do to maintain and/or improve your health

  1. Make sure you always have an inhaler if you know you're near "asthma triggers."
  2. Try avoiding anything that can cause an asthma attack, such as known allergens.
  3. Don't panic if you're having an asthma attack because that could make it harder to breathe.
  4. Make sure you take the exact amount of medicine that the doctor prescribes.
  5. If you're having a severe asthma attack, make sure you tell an adult or go to a nurse to get your inhaler.

Citations

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 May 2015. Web. 09 June 2015.
  • "TeensHealth." TeensHealth. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 June 2015.