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by MeganTillotson
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Symptoms:•Shortness of breath•Tight feeling in chest•Having trouble sleeping•Unclear sounding exhalation, (Wheezing/ Whistling sound)•Coughing attacks that get worse when you have a cold or the flu

•Narrow airways swell and produce extra mucus. •Difficulty breathing •Wheezing and shortness of breath are triggered •Asthma attacks can be life threatening. (rare).



Treatment:Long-term asthma control medications:•Usually taken daily•Used for long-term control•Treats more serious AsthmaQuick-relief (rescue) medications: •Rapid, short-term relief during an asthma attack.•A quick-relief inhaler is a common example•Doctors advise to keep track of how many puffs you use •Doctor may also recommend tracking your asthma symptoms or using a peak flow meter on a regular basis, (unit that measures how much air goes in and out of lungs)

Flare ups occur in certain situations: •Exercise-induced asthma: Triggers occur in cold/ dry air•Occupational asthma: Triggered in the workplace, (chemicals, dust, etc.)•Allergy-induced asthma: Can be triggered by things such as pet dander, cockroaches or pollen•Other triggers include mold, foods, respiratory infections, smoke, medication, and overwhelming stress/ emotions.

Prevention:•Recognize warning signs of an attack.•Get immunizations for influenza and pneumonia. Both can trigger attacks.•Identify triggers and avoid them. •If you act quickly, you're less likely to have a severe attack. You also won't need as much medication.


•Isn't clear

•May be due to environmental factors and genetics.


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