The body By Abraham Zetino
The Respiratory System • Asthma is a disease that effects the way that one breathes.
What is Asthma? • Asthma is a chronic lung disease. It inflames the lungs and narrows the airway.
How do you get asthma? • Doctors say that sometimes asthma runs in the family. Allergens causes the lining of the airways to become swollen and inflamed. The muscles of the airways tighten and it produces extra mucus. Resulting, is that there is less room for the air to pass in and out. Allergens can be pollen, animal danders, house dust, pollution, some foods, perfumes, and cigarettes.
What happens to the respiratory system? • The lining of the airways become swollen and inflamed. Muscles that surround the airways tighten up. Extra mucus is produced. Also, if a child is not quickly given treatment during an asthma attack, respiratory failure may occur.
Does the body try to fix itself? • The body does try to heal itself but only with the aid of treatments and after a period of time, your risk of getting an asthma attack is a very low percentage.
Medicines to help treat asthma • Inhaled corticosteroids • Leukotriene modifiers • Long-acting beta agonists • Combination inhalers • Theophylline • Short-acting beta agonists • Ipratropium (Atrovent) • Oral and intravenous corticosteroids
Is Asthma Curable? • Asthma is not presently curable, though treatments can still be taken to reduce to frequency and severity of asthma attacks.