By: DJ S 6/9/15 D2
What Is Asthma?
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
- Make sure you always have an inhaler if you know you're near "asthma triggers."
- Try avoiding anything that can cause an asthma attack, such as known allergens.
- Don't panic if you're having an asthma attack because that could make it harder to breathe.
- Make sure you take the exact amount of medicine that the doctor prescribes.
- If you're having a severe asthma attack, make sure you tell an adult or go to a nurse to get your inhaler.
- 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.