Week 4 Johnathan is experiencing asthma exacerbation based on his diagnosis. Intermittent asthma is the least severe type of asthma. This type of asthma symptoms typically come and go. Asthma exacerbations consist of acute or subacute episodes of progressively worsening shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness or any combination thereof. These episodes differ from poor asthma control in that diurnal variability in airflow, a key marker of poor asthma control, might not change during an exacerbation (Woo, & Robinson, 2015). Intermittent inhaled corticosteroid therapy can be used for Johnathan's exacerbation of his asthma. Corticosteroid reduces the risk of asthma exacerbations in children and adults with mild persistent asthma. Intermittent use appears to be safe in these patients. The effects of corticosteroids are produced by suppressing the production of chemotactic mediators and adhesion molecules and by inhibiting the survival of these inflammatory cells in the airways (Hossny, Rosario, Lee, Singh, El-Ghoneimy, SOH, & Le Souef, 2016). Jonathan's mother would need to be educated about Johnathan's asthma. Johnathan's mom would have to understand the aspects of asthma. Asthma can usually be treated successfully. This requires being well informed about the disease and is active in managing it. Johnathan's mother
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- Fall '16
- asthma symptoms, mild persistent asthma