Asthma

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gmcnurse
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Asthma
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2010-01-19 21:02:11
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Asthma
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  1. What is Asthma?
    A chronic inflamatory disorder of the airways.

    • Intermittent and reversible airlfow obstruction affects only the airways, not the alveoli.
    • Airway obstruction occurs due to inflamation and airway hyperresponsivness
  2. What are the symptoms of Asthma?
    • Dyspnea
    • wheezing
    • chest tightness
  3. What can trigger an asthma attack?
    • Allergies
    • Air Pollutants
    • Infection
    • Exercise
    • Stress
    • Cold dry air
    • Drugs
    • GERD
    • Hormones/menses
    • Food additives
    • Occupational Exposure
  4. After exposure to the allergen or irritant, how long can it take for an asthma attack take place in an early-phase response?
    30-60 minutes
  5. After exposure to the allergen or irritant, how long can it take for an asthma attack take place in an late-phase response?
    4-10 hours

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