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Attacking Asthma (pg. 2)

The respiratory system.
Respiratory System
Air travels through the airways to the air sac
Air Sac

What causes Asthma?

Lots of different things can act as a trigger, or cause an asthma attack. Some known triggers are:
  • Allergies
  • Infections such as colds, bronchitis and pneumonia.
  • Exercise.
  • Changes in weather, such as temperature (from mild to cold) and humidity (moisture in the air.)
  • Smoke (let's face it, smoke's a killer for everyone!)

    What Can You Do About Asthma?

    So odds are that you either have asthma or know someone who does. Now what? Well that depends on how bad or how severe the attacks are. There are a number of different treatments available for asthma suffers. Some take pills, while others drink a liquid medication, but most use an inhalor. Inhalors are usually used first because the device pumps the medicine directly into the lungs where it can be absorbed quickly. The most common medications are bronchodilators and anti-inflammitory agents.

    Bronchodilators

    These medicines are given to relax the muscles around the airways.

    Anti-inflammitories

    Anti-inflammatory agents, such as steroids and corticosteroids, are used to reduce swelling and irritation (and the resulting mucus) in the airways.

    When you see someone having an attack, the best thing you can do is help them get their inhalor, then get an adult. If the attack is severe or their breathing doesn't seem to return to normal after they have used their inhalor, call 911.

    Send in your questions and comments. That's what we're here for.

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    SpaceKitty14

    SpaceKitty14 wrote:

    I hate having asthma. I have nightmeres because of it!
    commented: Fri Oct 18, 2013

    princes81

    princes81 wrote:

    Ive had asthma since i was 8 ut started activity induced know i have severe
    commented: Fri May 24, 2013

    Simple_minded000
    Asthma isn't fun to have. I still have it but its more allergy triggered.
    commented: Thu May 23, 2013

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