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Asthma attacks a.k.a. Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.
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Macmillan English Language (2001)
VCE Units 1 & 2 by Jean Mulder, Kate Burridge, Caroline Thomas
In the first sentence, can cause asthma attacks is a verb phrase; in the second, cleaner, healthier, more breathable is an adjective phrase; in the third, weekly is an adverb phrase; while in the last sentence, towards a cleaner environment is a prepositional phrase. Activity 3.14 ...
by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
Asthma attacks are also often associated with allergies. Allergies are a body's negative reactions to certain substances. Things that cause allergic reactions may trigger asthma attacks, ...
by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler
Asthma attacks can be life threatening, and therefore, patients need to be able to prevent or at least control them as much as possible. The first step in controlling asthma is establishing a partnership between clinician and patient to create an individualized action plan aimed at monitoring and managing symptoms. In this action plan, the doctor lists longterm control medications (which prevent the airway inflammation that causes asthma symptoms) and quickrelief inhalers ( which ...
by Dana K. Cassell, Noel R. Rose
Clinical Features Asthma attacks may last only a few minutes or for several days. An episode can be mild or a painful struggle to breathe. When the symptoms are apparently caused by an allergy because the patient's medical history indicates that the symptoms recur at the same time each year, a seasonal allergen (like pollen) is likely involved. Allergists (physicians specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies) recognize the patterns of potential allergens common during ...
by Jean Kaplan Teichroew
While mild asthma attacks may dissipate within a few minutes, severe attacks require immediate medical attention. If an individual suffering from a severe asthma attack does not receive medical care, congestion in the airways may lead to oxygen deprivation and, potentially, death. In order to diagnose asthma, a health care professional will begin by examining the patient's medical and family history. The doctor will then conduct a physical exam to assess the patient's breathing and ...
by Ada P. Kahn
It is a source of STRESS to the sufferers, many of whom become depressed due to the chronically recurring condition and the ANXIETY experienced during asthma attacks. Families, too, become stressed and anxious as they learn to deal with the symptoms of the disease. People with asthma typically have recurrent attacks or flare-ups of breathlessness, accompanied by wheezing. Some people have mild to moderate symptoms that can be life threatening. Even in the same individual, ...
by Alan J. Christensen, René Martin, Joshua Morrison Smyth
First, anti-inflammatory medicines, such as cromolyn and corticosteroids, prevent asthma attacks from starting because they keep the airways open by reducing inflammation. Second, bronchodilators relax airway muscles, thereby stopping asthma episodes once they begin. PSYCHOSOCIAL FACTORS IN ASTHMA Research findings and theory have implicated emotional and cognitive processes in the expression of asthma symptoms. Three lines of evidence have linked emotion and ...
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