Asthma Research Paper

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Every single person across the globe should already know what asthma is about or may have heard of asthma. Unfortunately, some people may not be well informed about asthma on how it works, what triggers it, and what to do if a person or someone he or she knows is having an asthma attack. “Asthma may be developed at any age but usually begins during the first few years of life.” (Asthma Facts, n.d.) It is very important to have some knowledge about asthma to prevent the condition from happening because this could be worse and might also lead to death if it is not taken seriously. To define asthma Asthma is described as an inflammation of the air passages called the bronchus, bronchi and bronchioles resulting in the temporary narrowing of these…show more content…
The changes that happens in the lungs of people with asthma, makes the airways (the breathing tubes, “or bronchi and the smaller bronchioles) hyper-reactive to many different types of stimuli that do not affect healthy lungs. In an asthma attack, the smooth muscle tissue in the walls of bronchi go into spasm, and the cells lining the airways swell and secrete mucus into the airways. Both these actions cause the bronchi to become narrowed (bronchoconstriction). As a result, a person with asthma symptoms has to make much greater effort to breathe in air and to expel it. Cells in the bronchial walls, called mast cells, release certain substances that cause the bronchial muscle to contract and stimulate mucus formation. These substances, which include histamine and a group of chemicals called leukotriene, also bring white blood cells into the area, which is a key part of inflammatory response. Many individuals with asthma are prone to react to such foreign substances called allergens. (Asthma,…show more content…
According from the website, “the number of adults who currently have asthma is 18.7 million and the number of children who currently have asthma is 6.8 million.” (Asthma, 2015) And the stated that “Approximately 25.9 million Americans suffer from asthma (8% of adults, 10% of children), and asthma affects over 230 million people worldwide. And the Adults are nearly seven times more likely than children to die due to asthma. The asthma death rate was highest for people at the age of 65 or older.” There are different ways to treat people with asthma; According to Weil, MD (n.d.) the treatment of asthma has two aspects: managing the acute attacks of asthma and long-term control or prevention of asthma. If a person has asthma, he or she might need either a controller or a reliever medicine depending on what is necessary for that moment. Asthma medication is the one and only best option to use to save someone’s life with asthma. These medications can be in an inhaler, bronchodilators, or nebulizers etc. Each of these medications has its specific ways of treating

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