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  1. Asthma By, Jenni P. Jessica W. and Emily M.

  2. What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic disease that affects millions of people world wide.  It causes your lungs to become narrowed which makes it hard to breathe.  It is potentially life threatening and causes lots of health related problems.

  3. Origin of Asthma Asthma was first found and named by Hippocrates around 450 B.C.  In the 1870s, the Georg Ebers Papyrus was found with over 700 prescriptions of asthma treatment.  No one exactly knows how or when asthma genetically originated.   

  4. Signs and Symptoms ofAsthma Common symptoms of asthma include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. You should see a doctor right away if symptoms continue for very long after. Some environmental factors or triggers are, nicotine, hairspray, perfumes, cleaning products, pollen, and carbon monoxide.   Genetics does play a role whether you get asthma and if your family has a history of it your chances are more likely of having it.

  5.   Long-Term and Short-Term Effects Because you are almost always taking medicine for asthma there are always long term side effects. For example, some treatment options cause high cholesterol and others give you terrible migraines. But these are much better than an uncontrolled disease. Short term effects happen usually while having an attack or on a short term medicine. Effects for attacks will include, difficulty breathing, chest pain, and a few more depending of the severity of the attack.  

  6. Treatment for Asthma Asthma is typically treated with an inhaler. There is medicine in the inhaler that widens the airways. Quick-relief medication treats asthma symptoms immediately when they occur. INHALED CORTICOSTEROIDS (ICSs) are a type of preventative asthemetic medicine. It helps reduce airway inflammation.

  7. Continued……. -  Short term management includes devices that give you quick relief and will continue to control asthma attacks until you are put on long term. -  Long term management of asthma is used with dissolving tablets or an inhaler. This type of treatment should last a long time unless something changes and you are switched to a different personalized medication.   -  Its a lot to be aware of and can cause some complications in your every day life. It can restrict you temporarily but you are capable of staying active and what not. -  The percentage of people that actually have been diagnosed with asthma (just in America) is rising. This makes it more important for people to be aware how to control and treat asthma because the chances of people encountering an attack is growing.

  8. Role of Diet in Asthma Specific foods are not known to cause asthma. However, a good diet should be part of a treatment plan, because obesity is related with severe asthma. However, it is proven that people with a diet high in vitamins C and E and omega-3 fatty acids will have a lower chance of getting asthma. Avoid sulfites and allergy triggering foods.

  9. Role of Exercise If exercise triggers asthma for you, you should stay away from it. Even those who suffer from sever asthma can participate in hiking or biking.  Also, cardio exercise will improve overall body function, including that of the respiratory system. 

  10. Role of Medicine Asthma is typically treated with an inhaler. There is medicine in the inhaler that widens the airways. Quick-relief medication treats asthma symptoms immediately when they occur. INHALED CORTICOSTEROIDS (ICSs) are a type of preventative asthemetic medicine. It helps reduce airway inflammation.

  11. Role of Family Support Given A study has shown that kids with asthma are healthier if their family talked about the days events, showed concern for their children, and turned off electronic devices during mealtimes. However, in families where there was a more disorganized mealtime, the kids were in poorer health.

  12. Interesting Asthma Facts • - More than 15 million Americans suffer from asthma symptoms. • - (45%) of asthma sufferers say that asthma limits them in doing things they would like to do. • -Over 5,500 people die each year because of asthma in the United States.

  13. Bibliography • ," Good Foods, and More." WebMD - Better information. Better health.. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. http://www.webmd.com/asthma/guide/asthma-diet-what-you-should-know.   • "Asthma Information and Treatment Options — Asthma.com." Asthma Information and Treatment Options — Asthma.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. http://www.asthma.com/index.html?google=p_&rotation=1478&banner=7923&kw=1243. •  "Asthma: Treatments and drugs - MayoClinic.com." Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma/DS00021/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs. • "Genetics and Asthma." Www.who.int. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. http://www.who.int/genomics/about/Asthma.pdf. • "Asthma." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asthma. 

  14. Bibliography page 2 • "Asthma diet: Does what you eat make a difference? - MayoClinic.com." Mayo         Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Aug. 2011. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma-diet/AN01998. • "History of Asthma." Asthma Symptoms and Treatment Options - Learn to Cope. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Sept. 2011. <http://www.copewithasthma.com/history-of-asthma/>.