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Asthma Guided Notes 


What is Asthma? 
1. Asthma is a _______________ lung disease that can be life threatening. The exact cause is 
______________________.  
 
What are the Triggers? 
2. What triggers an asthma attack varies from person to person. Some common triggers are:  
- Secondhand _____________________ 
- Dust mites 
- ______________________ 
- ______________________ 
- Pests  
- Viral or ____________________ infections 
- -Emotional anxiety 
- Medication 
- _________________________ 
- Exercise 
- Gasses or ____________________________ 
- Weather _______________________________ 
 
What is an Asthma Attack? 
3. The cells in the air _______________ make more mucus than normal. This mucus is very ___________________ 
and sticky. It tends to clog up the tubes.  
 
4. The air tubes tend to _________________, just as skin swells if it is cut or scraped. 
 
5. The muscles in the air tubes ____________________.  
 
6. These ___________________ cause the air tubes to narrow making it very difficult to breathe. 
 
Signs of an Asthma Attack 
- Breathing _______________________ 
- Feeling tired or weak 
- Funny feeling in the chest 
- Headache 
- Glassy ___________________ 
- Dark circles under eyes 
- Getting excited 
- Paleness 
- __________________ eyes 
- Sweatiness 
- Getting out of ________________________ 
- Restlessness 
- Chin or throat itching 
- Becoming unusually quiet 
- Heart _____________________ increases 
- Coughing 
- Sneezing 
- Dry _______________________ 
- Stuffy nose