40201 - Meredith G Hennon MPH and the Supercourse team in...

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Unformatted text preview: Meredith G. Hennon, MPH and the Supercourse team in Pittsburgh Background Asthma is a chronic lung-disease that inflames and narrows the airways (tubes that bring air into and out of an individual’s lungs). Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children. Symptoms Common symptoms of asthma include: Coughing Wheezing Tightness in the chest Shortness of breath Causes While the exact cause of asthma is not known, it is thought that a variety of factors interacting with one another, early in life, result in the development of asthma. Causes Parents with asthma Atopy Childhood respiratory infections Exposure to allergens or infections while the immune system is developing Diagnosis Based on: Medical history Physical examination Test results Asthma Triggers A variety of things can cause asthma symptoms to appear: ○ Allergens ○ Irritants ○ Food and drinks ○ Medicines ○ Physical activity ○ Upper respiratory infections (viral) Asthma prevalence...
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