Asthma

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Asthma

Asthma

What is Asthma?

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It affects the body by the immune system mistakenly attacking and destroying healthy body tissue.

-Coughing, especially at night-Wheezing-Shortness of breath-Chest tightness, pain, or pressure

Asthma is not so much "treated" as it is "controlled". However, there are tools and medicines to help you control asthma as well as benchmarks to gauge your progress. You should also avoid things that worsen your asthma, but you should't avoid physical activity. The risk factors of asthma are gender, airway hyperreactivity, atopy, allergens, infections, tobacco smoke, obesity, and perinatal factors. The exact cause of asthma is unknown, but researchers think some genetic and environmental factors interact to cause asthma, most often early in life.

Asthma is a respiratory condition marked by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing. It usually results from an allergic reaction or other forms of hypersensitivity. It can also cause extra Mucus in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe.

Symptoms

How an autoimmune disorder affects the body

Treatments? Risk Factors? Causes?

How does the Immune System work?

The immune system defends the body from attack by invaders recognized as foreign. Most immune system cells are white blood cells. Lymphocytes are one type of white blood cell that recognize intruders and produce antibodies.Two major classes of lymphocytes are T cells and B cells. T cells are immune system cells that help to destroy infected cells, and B cells are known for making antibodies. Antibodies are produced to fight off microrganisms that cause diseases, known as pathogens. Active immunity occurs when the person is exposed to a live pathogen. Active immunity can be induced by a vaccine, which is a substance that contains an antigen. An antigen is a substance that triggers an immune response. It is also known as a "name-tag". Passive immunity is a short-term immunization by the injection of antibodies. Cell-mediated immunity is an immune response that does not involve antibodies, but rather involves the activation of phagocytes. Phagocytes are cells that protect the body by ingesting harmful foreign particles, bacteria, and dead or dying cells. Your immunity is your bodies ability to fight infection. Sometimes your immune system over reacts to a substance that either enters or comes in contact with the body, which is known as an allergy.

Asthma can not be cured but it can be managed.

Is asthma curable?

This is a portable device for administering a drug that is to be breathed in, used for relieving asthma and other bronchial or nasal congestion. Also known as an inhaler.


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