ASTHMA

:
“You take my breath away”

 What is ASTHMA?  What causes ASTHMA?  What are the signs and symptoms of ASTHMA?  What are the types of ASTHMA?  What are the usual diagnostic tests for ASTHMA?  What are the medications for ASTHMA?  What are the complications of ASTHMA?

ASTHMA
-is a chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory system resulting in airway hyper responsiveness, mucosal edema & mucus production.

Medications
 Adrenergic stimulants: Epinephrine, Albuterol, Combivent  Methylxanthines: Theophylline, Aminophylline  Anticholinergics: Atropine, Combivent  Leukotriene Modifiers: Montelukast, Zafirlukast

Risk Factors:
          Allergies Air pollution Smoking/exposure to smoke weather changes temperature strong odors stress laughing sinusitis exertion

Complications
 Status Asthmaticus- a severe, prolonged asthma that does not respond to routine treatment

Signs and Symptoms
      chest tightness Cough Difficulty of breathing wheezing Increased heartbeat Increased no. of respirations

Preventive measures
 Modify home environment  Pets may need to be removed from household

Master your semester with Scribd & The New York Times

Special offer for students: Only $4.99/month.

Master your semester with Scribd & The New York Times

Cancel anytime.