In the Unites States, asthma has become more prevalent in children than in adults according to statistics. In 2006, 6.8 million children under the age of eighteen had asthma, 4.1 million of which had an asthma attack, and many had hidden or undiagnosed asthma. Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory condition of the respiratory system in which the airways constrict due to episodes of airway obstruction. This inflammation causes the normal function of the airways to become excessive and over reactive. In order to control this respiratory condition, the parents of asthmatic children should reduce asthma triggers; they should understand the signs and symptoms of asthma, monitor the asthma and take medications to treat it. Asthma attacks occur when the muscle around the bronchi goes into spasm, the bronchi narrow and breathing becomes difficult. Inflammation then swells the lining of the air tubes causing mucous blockage. Signs and symptoms of asthma in children include wheezing, coughing, chest pain, hyperinflation and less stamina during activities. Important signs and symptoms are coughing or wheezing getting worse with respiratory infections and delayed recovery or bronchitis after a respiratory infection. While wheezing is most commonly associated with asthma, not all children with asthma wheeze. A child may have only one sign or symptom and these symptoms may also vary from child to child. A child should be taken to the doctor as soon as possible if any asthmatic symptoms are present. An asthma attack may happen when there is exposure to asthma triggers. Episodes of asthma often are triggered by some condition or stimulus. Common triggers of asthma are exercise, infections, allergies, irritants, weather and emotions. Running can trigger an episode in 80 percent of children with asthma. Respiratory infections, including the flu, can trigger severe episodes. During an allergic reaction, chemicals, such as histamine, are released from specialized cells producing swelling mucus secretion and airway muscle contraction. The allergens involved in childhood asthma are common indoor inhalants such as dust mites, feathers, molds, pets, insects, outdoor inhalants or ingested foods. Foods are much less frequent causes of asthma. Daily exposure to these allergens may result in worsening of asthma. Cigarette smoke, air pollution, strong odors, sprays and fumes are some of the substances which irritate the tissues of the lungs and upper airways. The reaction produced by these irritants can be identical to those produced by allergens. Climate conditions are also trigger factors, many identify cold air as triggering asthma. Emotional factors are not the cause of asthma, though emotional stress can infrequently trigger asthma. Many children with asthma suffer from severe anxiety during an episode as a result of suffocation produced by asthma. Avoiding all of these triggers can reduce the chance of experiencing asthma attacks or symptoms. (1) Asthma in children can be controlled through many ways. The parents of these children can try to reduce the asthma triggers. They should also be able to understand the signs and symptoms of this chronic inflammatory condition. During running, bronchodilator meds taken before exercise can prevent most episodes. With control, most children can participate fully in physical activities. With the trigger of infection, antibiotics are of no benefit for viral infections and therefore may be of little value in an asthma episode. It is important for all children with asthma to get vaccinated for the flu each year. Bronchodilator medication, good hydration, and when indicated, corticosteroids are required to control an asthma episode triggered by viral infections. Irritants must be recognized and avoided. Asthmatic children should limit outdoor time on days with air quality warnings, while ozone levels are peaking in the afternoon and in areas near heavy traffic. An estimated 400 thousand to one million…
Bio Lect. 127
Do you know somebody with asthma? Well, nine times out of ten you. Me, myself, I was born with asthma so I can relate in some many ways to this topic. Asthma affects many Americans each and every day and it’s becoming more common in humans as the years past. I’m hear to spread awareness about asthma and to give you a little more insight on the topic.
Asthma is caused by inflammation in the airways. When an asthma…
Nine people die every day in America from asthma. Asthma is a respiratory condition, which is usually triggered by an allergic reaction, respiratory infection, strong emotions, stress, and many other environmental factors.
During an asthma attack the muscles around your airways tighten. This is called a bronchospasm. When the muscles tighten inflammation and mucus production are also heightened. This makes breathing difficult and in extreme conditions hypoxemia can occur.
Asthma is caused by a hyperactive airway disease, is a recurrent inflammatory disease of the airway. In individuals with asthma, the airway periodically spasm and narrow (a process called bronchoconstriction) in response to certain trigger. Then makes breathing difficult, and the individual may wheeze, cough, and gasp for air. The airways relax and widen either spontaneously or in response to drug treatment (Perspective on Diseases and Diseases and Disorders, Asthma, Pg17).
a) Asthma affects about 24.6 million people in the United States alone.
b) I think that people should be aware of asthma because it can actually be caused by smoking around younger kids and most people are diagnosed with asthma at a young age.
c) I think I am qualified to share this information because my brother, who is 5 years old, has had asthma since he was about 3 years old and I've gained the knowledge throughout the years to help him know what going on…
Today asthma is one of the most common diseases affecting people all over the world and within all age groups. There are over 300 million people who suffer from some type of asthma. In the U.S. there are approximately 20 million people who suffer from asthma. Asthma is more common among children with 1 in 20 children experiencing asthmatic symptoms. The word “asthma” is derived from the Greek word for “panting” (Izenberg 91). It describes what happens physiologically in the bronchi of the lungs…
Childhood Conditions & Illnesses
Introduction: (From Montessori Centre International)
Intermittent illness is considered a normal part of childhood while the immune system matures and builds up its defenses against invading organisms. Upper respiratory infections, for infections
With childhood asthma, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers, such as airborne pollen. In other cases, childhood asthma flares up with a cold or other respiratory infection…
During the first week of 5th grade we learned about all the different clubs and teams my school offered. I was drawn to cross country. What kid wouldn’t love running around with his or her friends? I went home that night and had my parents sign all the papers for me to join the team. Everyone made the team so there was no need for tryouts. First day of practice was lame as usual; they just go over all the paperwork and the schedule…
Children and Asthma
This paper will discuss the impact asthma has on a child and their family. It will place emphasis on the strains asthma places on the child and their parents. The physiological aspect of asthma as well as its triggers will be reviewed, along with its prevalence in today’s society. I will examine how the five developmental domains of child and adolescent development pertain to asthma. Asthma will also be applied to two family theories; the Family…
Delaware Technical Community College
Thesis: People will know more information about asthma, cause of it and treatments for your child.
A. What is asthma?
1. Define asthma
2. Asthma is an issue in the US
3. Limited activities
4. Symptoms of asthma
B. Cause of asthma heredity, allergy, viruses, and environment
5. Nervous system
1. Discuss the pathophysiology of asthma.
The pathophysiology of Asthma includes inflammation of the airway. The way in which this works is from an irritant which can include dust, pollen, cedar, or cat hair. When a reaction occurs, the airways become inflamed and narrow. The narrowing occurs because once the inflammatory response is triggered by an irritant, histamines, immunoglobulin E antibodies, and leukotrienes are released. Because of this, mucous production occurs. Since the bronchioles are…