Asthma

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Wray, showing why emotions can lead to asthma, states, "Whenever you feel something strongly-panic, fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, resentment-you are likely to go into fight-or-flight shallow breathing (137). These strong feelings could lead to an asthma attack. Often times, asthma is triggered by cigarette smoke. A person with asthma should never smoke cigarettes. The body reacts differently [...]
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Wray, showing why emotions can lead to asthma, states, "Whenever you feel something strongly-panic, fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, resentment-you are likely to go into fight-or-flight shallow breathing (137). These strong feelings could lead to an asthma attack. Often times, asthma is triggered by cigarette smoke. A person with asthma should never smoke cigarettes. The body reacts differently to different substances. For instance, many people have allergic reactions to dust mites in the air. After the allergic reaction occurs, the asthma might be triggered.

The symptoms of asthma include wheezing, due to exercise, stress, air irritants, or certain foods; coughing attacks, especially after laughing or coughing; coughing attacks during the night that causes shortness of breath; large amounts of sticky mucus that is hard to clear; difficulty breathing; sensation of being under a blanket, breathing only stale air; tightening of the chest; rapid breathing but not feeling as though you are getting enough oxygen; tingling in fingers because of oxygen depletion or hyperventilation; avoidance of certain activities.

According to an online posting from the American Lung Association's website accessed 13 October 2002, "Symptoms are clues that let you know that you are having an asthma attack ("Facts"). Asthma runs in families, but not necessarily in a direct line. Having someone in the family with asthma increases the chances of acquiring it.
In my research, I wanted to gain knowledge of the different treatments for asthma and the effectiveness of each of them. There is no medication that can fully cure asthma. The medications available can only treat asthma. There are two types of asthma medications. They are known as bronchodilators (controllers) and anti-inflammatories (relievers).

According to an Asthma Society of Canada website posting accessed 9 November 2002, "Controllers should be taken every day, whether or not you're experiencing symptoms ("Treatment"). Bronchodilators are medicines that treat asthma attacks after they have begun. They work to relax the muscles in your air tubes. When the muscles relax, your air tubes open up, making it easier to breathe. They can also prevent expected attacks, like exercise or allergies.

There are three forms of bronchidolators: sympathomimetics (beta-agonists and epinephrine), xanthines (theophylline), and anticholinergics. Theophyllinne, an inexpensive and popular asthma medication, lost its appeal among asthma patients over recent years due to concerns about the side effects. A new study being run by the American Lung Association, will examine whether the drug can be used safely and effectively at lower doses.
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