Introduction to Diseases

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Name: Tenesha Lewis

Class: 501

Date: 18th January, 2013


Teacher: …………………………………..


The difference between good health and disease is that health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person's mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or pain (as in “good health” or “healthy”) whiles a disease is an abnormal condition affecting the body of an organism. It is often construed to be a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs that may be caused by external factors such as infectious disease, or by internal …show more content…

There are two basic kinds of medication for treating asthma:

• Control drugs to prevent attacks

• Quick-relief (rescue) drugs for use during attacks

Each type is described in more detail below.

Long-term control drugs for asthma are used to prevent symptoms in people with moderate to severe asthma. You must take them every day for them to work. Take them even when you feel okay.

• Inhaled steroids prevent symptoms by preventing airway swelling. These work very well and are almost always the first choice.

• Long-acting beta-agonist inhalers also help prevent asthma symptoms. These drugs should be used together with an inhaled steroid drug. It may be easier to use an inhaler that contains both drugs.

Other control drugs that may be used are:

• Leukotriene inhibitors (such as Singulair and Accolate)

• Omalizumab (Xolair)

• Cromolyn sodium (Intal) or nedocromil sodium (Tilade)

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