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Attacking Asthma

Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system.
Respiratory System
Airways are restricted by spasming muscles, swollen passages and mucus.
Restricted Airways

Have you ever been in gym class, runnin' along with your buds, when suddenly you can't catch your breath? Then you start to make a terrible wheezing sound and no matter how you try, you can't seem to get any air. If this is you, odds are you suffer from asthma. Check out the following list of symptoms to see if they apply to you.

Symptoms of an Asthma Attack

First, you need to know that not everyone has the same symptoms when they suffer from asthma. Here are a bunch to keep in mind:

  • Some people will cough and cough.
  • Some people feel like they can't catch their breath.
  • Some people feel like air is trapped in their lungs and they can't get it out.
  • Some people have pain in their chest.
  • Some people have very noisy breathing.
  • Some people make the noise (the wheeze) both when they breathe in and when they breathe out. This is called a biphasal attack. It's a very severe attack and should be attended to by a doctor.

What is Asthma?

This is a good question, but first we need to understand how we breathe. Our respiratory system is the system we use to breathe. It includes our nose, mouth, windpipe (also called a trachea) and lungs. It also includes airways, called bronchi or bronchioles, that connect our nose and mouth with our lungs. Finally, at the end of the airways are little airsacs, called alveoli. When we breathe, the muscles that wrap around the airways are loose and relaxed, while the lining inside the airways is very thin. This allows the airways to open up and it makes it easy to get air in and out of the small air sacs that make up the lungs. So breathing is air drawn in through the mouth or nose, through the relaxed airways, to the airsacs, and then exhaled out again.

Asthma - The Respiratory Disease

Asthma is a respiratory system disease. This means the system we use to breathe doesn't work according to the above plan. During an asthma attack, the muscles around the airways go into spasm, causing them to tighten. The lining inside the airways swells or thickens, making the airways very thin. Now add lots of thick mucus, clogging the already skinny airwaves. This combination makes it very hard to move air in and out of the air sacs. In other words - it's hard to breathe! It is actually harder to release air from the lungs (expire) than it is to breath air in (inspire.) Regardless, the feeling is still the same - a terrible shortness of breath.

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Sharae12

Sharae12 wrote:

then my sis was panicking so much . and the more she panicked the i panicked. and i was so lucky my mother came back only cause she forgot her file and stuff. she was like forget the appointment and we went speeding down the road. when we got to the hospital, the nurse saw me and lift me up and carried me into a room. i got admitted for a couple days. i feel so lucky! i couldve died!!!
commented: Wed May 07, 2014

deboras

deboras wrote:

cool
commented: Wed May 07, 2014

Sharae12

Sharae12 wrote:

once, early in the morning, i woke up breathing kinda heavy my mother had an appointment to go to. so she left and it was just me and my 2 lil sisters and my older sis (like 15). later on that day, my asthma was actin up more and my older sis was getting worried.she gave like tea and stuff. but i was out of albuterol for my inhaler and my mom left with car and the phone. She noticed i was getting worse and pale. my lips were purple, my skin pale, my fingers blue.
commented: Wed May 07, 2014

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