Strategies For Reducing Asthma Attacks Term Paper

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: Healthcare Type: Term Paper Paper: #91752102 Related Topics: Respiratory Infection, Symptoms, Medication, Diagnosis
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Strategies for Reducing Asthma Attacks

Causes of Asthma

Asthma is a condition that causes the patient's airways to swell and narrow making breathing difficult triggering coughing (Shaheen, 2019). The patient might have a whistling sound when they breathe due to shortness of breath. Some people will only get a minor nuisance from asthma. However, for others, it will be a major issue, which interferes with their daily activities. It could also lead to a life-threatening asthma attack. The causes of asthma are not well known. Asthma is a condition that has puzzled many health professionals, but most of them have noted genetic and environmental factors do play a huge role (Shaheen, 2019). When a person has asthma, they will react to things in the world around them, and this reaction is referred to as asthma triggers. Exposure to certain substances and irritants that trigger allergies will result in signs and symptoms of asthma. These triggers vary between individuals and while a person's asthma might be triggered by one allergen others might not be triggered. The common asthma triggers are allergens like pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, respiratory infections, cold air, physical activity, medications like aspirins, sulfites, and preservatives, and Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Symptoms of Asthma

A patient having an asthma attack will have these symptoms:

· Coughing,

· Shortness of breath,

· Wheezing, pain, tightness or pressure in their chest,

· Trouble sleeping.

Signs of a severe asthma attack include:

· Breathing faster,

· Too breathless to speak, eat, or sleep,

Sources Used in Documents:


Gautier, C., & Charpin, D. (2017). Environmental triggers and avoidance in the management of asthma. Journal of asthma and allergy, 10, 47.

McCracken, J. L., Veeranki, S. P., Ameredes, B. T., & Calhoun, W. J. (2017). Diagnosis and management of asthma in adults: a review. JAMA, 318(3), 279-290.

Shaheen, S. (2019). Elucidating the causes of asthma: how can we do better? The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 7(8), e25.

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