Kw-logo-holiday

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.

    Related Stories:

  • Becoming A Teen Vegetarian
  • Don't Sweat It
  • The 411 On Your Body!
  • >

    readers voted!

    Comments

    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

    there are 4 more comments

    Please login or register to add comments


    like this article?
    Sign up now to get more just like it!

    latest videos

    What word best describes you?
    • Cheesy
    • Awkward
    • Organized
    • Smart

    related stories

    Dear Dish-It in the forums

    rebelfeminist
    "alexiarina123" wrote:ignore him and pretend he is not there , brothers are like that. This. If you don't let him know it bothers you he won't do it. That's just the way brothers work.
    reply about 3 hours
    alexiarina123
    ignore him and pretend he is not there , brothers are like that.
    reply about 4 hours
    thebellsofnotredame3
    My brother is 15 and he makes fun of everything I do. I used to get along with him when I was younger but now that we're older he's started acting like a jerk. He always picks on the things I'm most insecure about and it happens all the time. What should I do?
    reply about 4 hours
    greyeyes
    greyeyes posted in Style:
    red lipstick is my favorite. 
    reply about 4 hours
    Princess310
    Princess310 posted in Style:
    Okay so i wear uniform to school. Do i just add a little touch of me to every outfit i wear to school? Or do i just wear the uniform and blend in with everyone else?
    reply about 6 hours

    play online games

    Hour-of-code-tumb

    Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

    Candy-quest-feature

    Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

    Fo...

    Dragon-dash

    Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

    _thumb_100x100

    Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

    1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

    Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

    Candy-100

    A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

    _thumb_100x100

    Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

    Frostbox_100x100

    Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...