Asthma: An Overview Term Paper by Nicky

A brief examination of the symptoms, effects, causes and treatment of the condition known as asthma.
# 150802 | 1,432 words | 9 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 23, 2012 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper discusses both the symptoms and effects of asthma as well as its causes and treatment. This writer then includes his personal viewpoint based on his experience as a sufferer of an asthmatic condition.

Introduction and Definitions
Symptoms and Effects

From the Paper:

"Simply stated, asthma causes the airways to become inflamed, swollen and sensitive. When allergic reactions are experienced the muscles around the airways tighten and narrow. Cells in the airways also create more mucus than normal which can further impede breathing. (What Is Asthma: NIH)
"The general symptoms of asthma include coughing, tightness of the chest and shortness of breath, which often become worse at night or after extensive exercise. (What Is Asthma?) It can therefore have a negative effect on quality of life as it can disturb normal sleeping patterns and prevent the individual from taking part in sport. In severe cases it may mean that the person may not be able to work on a regular basis. Severe and chronic conditions can also lead to death. (What Is Asthma?)
"Asthma is diagnosed by a doctor who will first of all consult your medical history to determine whether the symptoms have been present for a long period of time, and if there are other related health issues. This is followed by a physical exam and various medical tests. It is also important to ascertain the level of severity of the disease as this will influence the type of treatment that will be prescribed. (How Is Asthma Diagnosed?)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Definition of Atopy. October 16, 2009. <>
  • Definition of IgE. October 16, 2009. <>
  • Food allergy, preservatives and Asthma. October 16, 2009.<>
  • How Is Asthma Diagnosed? October 16, 2009. <>
  • Stress and pollution up kids' asthma risk. 2009. October 16, 2009. <,51812.asp>

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