What is asthma? • Disease of the lungs that makes it hard to breathe. • Breathing tubes in the lungs that carry oxygen tighten. • This makes it hard for air to pass through the lungs.
At various stages of asthma, preventative measures can be used to control or alleviate the symptoms associated with this disease. Education is an important component to every intervention phase, particularly in primary prevention, because the patient is encouraged to be proactive with their personal health in order to avoid and control the triggers. Prescribed medication, such as an inhaler, and an action plan that is individualized to the specific care of a particular patient is essential in the secondary prevention phase. Finally, in the tertiary prevention phase, the care is directed not only at the common asthmatic symptoms and triggers but also at the complications that result from long-term suffering of this disease. This paper focuses on environmental factors which trigger asthma, with specific focus on children from infancy to 16 years of age in low-income housing, and how the appropriate measure can minimize the triggers and symptoms. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the example we will use.
A quite common, yet still horrible disease that people suffer from is asthma, which my uncle suffers from. It’s a terrible thing when you see them pull out that inhaler. You see the pain in their eyes. Also, how they have suffered with this horrendous condition of simply not being able to breath. Asthma is a non-communicable disease that plagues many people around the globe.
The proof is mounting that bronchial asthma| instead of being a single disease is a set of sickness groups with particular causes partly overlapping clinical and physiological characteristics. The phenotypic heterogeneity amongst asthmatic patients is obvious at more than one level along with the degree of airway obstruction, a variety of airway inflammation, the presence of airway remodeling, and reaction to treatment(33). In spite of the fact that asthma has for quite some time been viewed as a heterogeneous disease, attempts to characterize subgroups of asthma have been restricted. As of late, both clinical and statistical methodologies have been used to better consolidation clinical qualities, science, and genetics(34). A phenotype is described
It is quite unfortunate and really embarrassing but I do have a failed class listed as well as a D-. During this term, I missed almost an entire month of school combined and over two weeks in a row at the very beginning of the term. This was due to a severe respiratory infection that triggered my asthma and continued to damage my health throughout the rest of the term. I was essentially unable to walk even short distances and could not leave my home for those two weeks and even the strong medications that had worked in the past only made me feel sicker and less like myself. During the rest of the term I struggled to catch up and learn the important material that was covered in the beginning but it was not just my physical health that held me
In the world of pharmaceuticals, “there is a continuing interest in developing once-daily medications to further simplify treatment regimens and improve patient compliance”, especially when treating COPD and Asthma 1. “Suitable therapies for asthma and COPD need to provide targeted, long lasting and consistent efficacy” 2. This research paper summarizes the current clinical findings of a new drug called Abediterol a LABA. In addition to this, we will also summarize the most current research on abediterol versus the current SABA’s albuterol, and LABA’s salmeterol, indacaterol, olodaterol, and vilanterol in its treatment of asthma. Abediterol is a promising new potent LABA, currently in Phase II development. This is a drug that is used as a once daily treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD and asthma in combination with an Inhaled Corticosteroids ICS 3.
Physicians who hypothesize asthma as their patient’s diagnoses will focus their physical examination on the upper respiratory tract, chest, and skin. When performing lung auscultations during normal breaths or during prolonged phase of expiration, sounds of wheezing will mostly likely be heard. Dyspnea and wheezing since childhood is like to be asthma or COPD; however, patients older than 40 years old who complain of wheezing typically manifest from heart failure and is said to have cardiac asthma.4 Postural observations in patients with asthma include: hyper expansion of the thorax (especially in children), use of accessory muscles, appearance of hunched shoulders, and chest deformity. Increased nasal secretion, mucosal swelling, and eczema are also seen in patients with asthma.5 The most common pulmonary function test for diagnosis of asthma is spirometry. According to Schneider et al., the efficacy of spirometry in diagnoses of asthma has sensitivity of 29%, specificity of 90%, positive predictive value of 77%, and negative predictive value of 53%. 6 Spirometry is useful for ruling in asthma; however, cannot be utilized for ruling out asthma. Although patient history and physical examination help identify asthma, it does not determine the severity of asthma. Patients are instructed to breathe in until maximal inhalation, and then forcibly exhale into the spirometer
Asthma, also called bronchial asthma, is a condition in which a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow, and swell, and produce extra mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe. It is a very common condition with more than 3 million U.S. cases per year. Asthma is a chronic condition than can last either a few years or it could be lifelong. It is unclear why some people get asthma and others don’t, but it is probably due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors. An asthma attack is brought on by triggers and the triggers vary from person to person. I know for myself animal dander, dust; pollen, mold, and fresh cut grass are triggers. Physical activity, air pollutants, certain foods, and certain medications are just a few more things
Health care professionals should use proactive approaches to mange acute severe asthma. Acute exacerbations of asthma can be life threatening, but proper pharmacological management can improve patient outcome and reduce readmissions to the hospital. Early recognition of signs and symptoms are also essential to the management of asthma. This article was aimed to improve health care provider’s knowledge regarding management of acute severe asthma and their understanding of treatment if an exacerbation was to occur. A study had found that morbidity and mortality rates were increased due to inadequate treatment, delayed refers to the hospital and late recognition of the severity of the patient condition. Proper and rapid assessment can successfully
Did you know the number of people who has asthma has been increasing throughout the years? According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology website, back in 2001 about 20 million people in the US population had asthma but in the year 2009 it had increased by 1%. The percentage may not look as high but since 2001, about 25 million of the US population have been diagnosed with asthma. Not only that, the morbidity rate increases every year due to the expenses of asthma treatment and other factors. To improve on your asthma, we must find ways to manage and keep your asthma under control through any possible methods. If you or your loved ones have asthma it is good to be informed and provided with more information about
Asthma is an allergic disorder of respiration, characterized by bronchospasm, wheezing, and difficulty in expiration, often accompanied by coughing and a feeling of constriction in the chest. Currently, there are 26 million Americans affected by asthma— 19 million adults and 7 million children — and Asthma becomes one of the leading causes of absences from work and school. Asthma often runs in families; according to the World Health Organization, about half the cases are due to genetic susceptibility and half result from environmental factors. The most common signs of asthma are: coughing (especially at night, during exercise or when laughing), difficulty breathing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound
The main symptoms are coughing, Wheezing, Shortness of breath, Chest tightness, pain, or pressure. Coughing is most common at night, and wheezing usually happens after physical activity. This happens because your airways become smaller when you have Asthma making it harder to breath. Shortness of breath, Chest tightness, pain, or pressure are daily issues that come along with Asthma. A technology used for Asthma is called AURA. AURA is a software tool that can be used by health plans to analyze their health care claims data in order to manage medication use and quality of care for their members with asthma. AURA is designed to examine patterns and costs of asthma medication and healthcare resource use within a health plan’s population at a defined
Asthma can lead to some dangerous occurrences. For example, asthma attacks are a result of everyday asthma. An asthma attack happens in the lungs, making the airways swell and shrink. The airways clog up with air pushing out and mucus, making it feel like it’s difficult to breathe. During an asthma attack, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and trouble with breathing occurs.
Asthma is known to be a long-term lung disorder. It causes the airways to become sensitive and flare up due to triggers. The triggers include exposure to allergens, which include dust mites, pollen, animal fur, grass and mould spores. The other common triggers of asthma include polluted air, such as smoke and chemical fumes, and strong odours, like perfume as well as cold/dry air. Asthma can appear in anyone at any time. However, most cases of asthma appear in the earlier years of childhood. In 2014-2015, 1 in 9 Australians have been found to have asthma, about 2.5 million. Asthma is more occurring in males aged 0 – 14, whilst those aged 15 and above who have asthma are found to be female. There were around 421 deaths surrounding asthma in