More than 4 million kids in the
U.S. under the age of eighteen have asthma. What is
asthma and what can it do? Do I have asthma?
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition that causes
your airways to get swollen. This swelling causes the
airways to become overreactive, thus producing
increased mucus, swelling and muscle contraction.
What are some of symptoms of an
Kids that have asthma have trouble
breathing. They may cough a lot and feel their chest
tightening . Not everyone that has asthma has all
these symptoms. There are thirty-four other possible
causes for wheezing. However,
How do your lungs act when you
have an asthma attack?
The lungs respond by developing a
spasm of the airways and some mucus secretions. It is
believed that this occurs because there is a swelling
on the sides of the airways. This is what makes
someone cough and wheeze and be short of
What is the goal for asthma?
Controlling asthma is the primary
goal. It can be controlled by breathing in medicine
through a device called an inhaler. Most asthma
experts believe if treatment is started early and at
the appropriate doses, growth and puberty might not be
permanently or significantly affected.
The long-term effects of daily
inhaled steroid medicine on growth and puberty is
being studied but we know that undertreatment or
poorly treated asthma itself may suppress growth. The
goal of asthma therapy is to have patients be on the
lowest possible dose of the least number of
Is there a cure for asthma?
There is no cure for asthma.
However, with the proper diagnosis and treatment,
asthma sufferers can lead normal, active lives with
little disturbance to their qualities of life. Some
kids have asthma symptoms that clear during
adolescence while others worsen. Unfortunately, there
is no way to predict a kid's future status.
There is no cure for asthma but if
you can take care of your body or help someone that
does has asthma, you can feel better about your own
health or someone else's health.
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