Children's Health and Wellness

Asthma Knowledge Quiz

The following quiz will test your knowledge about asthma. Always talk with your health care provider to find out more information.

1. About one-third of all people with asthma in the US are children.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is About 7.1 million children under the age of 18 have asthma.A. TrueB. False2. Asthma is a disease that rarely complicates pregnancies.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is In fact, asthma is one of the most common diseases to complicate a pregnancy.A. TrueB. False3. There is no cure for asthma.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is However, with proper asthma control and management, most people can lead healthy lives.A. TrueB. False4. Tobacco smoke can make asthma attacks more severe.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Tobacco smoke from pipes, cigars, and cigarettes can trigger and worsen an asthma attack. Other types of smoke that can increase the severity of asthma symptoms include smoke from fireplaces and outdoor smog.A. TrueB. False5. Asthma can be caused by emotional stress or other psychological problems.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Although strong emotions can make asthma symptoms more severe, asthma is a physical disease of the lungs and airways.A. TrueB. False6. Although asthma causes breathing problems, asthma attacks are not dangerous.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is An uncontrolled asthma attack can lead to hospitalization and even death. Chronic, uncontrolled asthma -- even mild asthma -- also affects quality of life; as a result, a person with uncontrolled asthma may become less active.A. TrueB. False7. Lung function cannot be measured and monitored by the person with asthma.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is A peak flow meter, which is a small device that measures airflow out of the lungs, can be used to measure lung function at home, school, or work.A. TrueB. False8. Many triggers exist that can cause an asthma attack.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Many asthma attacks are triggered by a combination of factors, including pollen, dust, weather, smoke, foods, odors, cold or flu, or pets.A. TrueB. False9. There are different medications that help to control asthma, depending on the severity of the disease.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Some people with mild asthma may only need to take medication when experiencing symptoms, while others with more severe asthma may need to take daily medication to keep the asthma under control. Specific asthma medications will be prescribed by your physician, based on your medical history and the severity of your symptoms.A. TrueB. False10. Asthma attacks always occur suddenly, without warning.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Some asthma attacks may occur suddenly, without warning. However, most asthma attacks, even those with sudden onset, are usually preceded by certain symptoms such as a cough, scratchy throat, and chest tightness. It is important to learn what the early warning signs of an asthma attack are, so that you can take preventive management steps (such as proper medication) to avoid a serious asthma attack.A. TrueB. FalseYour score was:
Online Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunologyhttp://www.acaai.org/allergist/liv_man/pregnancy/Pages/default.aspx
Online Source: CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/asthma/triggers.html
Online Source: CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm
Online Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutehttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Asthma/Asthma_WhatIs.html
Online Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutehttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/naci/asthma-info/
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Stump-Sutliff, Kim, RN, MSN, AOCNS
Online Medical Reviewer: Weisbart, Ed, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 7/24/2011