Children's Health and Wellness

Asthma: What Do You Know About It?

What do the composer Beethoven and President Kennedy have in common? Asthma. How much do you know about this disease? Take this quiz to find out.

1. Asthma is the leading cause of long-term illness in children. When does it usually show up?
A. At birth B. Before age 5 C. Before age 10 D. Before age 15
2. Asthma symptoms:
A. Vary B. Include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath C. Can signal a severe asthma attack D. All of the above
3. Asthma triggers include:
A. Allergens (pollen, mold, dust, pet dander) B. Strong odors (perfumes, paints, cleaners) C. Colds, flu, and respiratory infections D. All of the above
4. Proper asthma management includes:
A. Avoiding asthma triggers B. Taking prescribed medications C. Watching asthma to notice signs it's worsening D. Knowing what to do for both daily and emergency asthma management E. All of the above
5. Children with asthma should:
A. Never exercise B. Limit exercise C. Work with their doctor on a plan that encourages exercise and prevents exercise-induced asthma attacks
Print Source: Health and You magazine
Online Source: Asthma and exercise, American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunologyhttp://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/asthma-library/asthma-and-exercise.aspx
Online Source: Asthma, CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm
Online Source: Asthma triggers, American Lung Associationhttp://www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/living-with-asthma/take-control-of-your-asthma/asthma-triggers.html
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth, RN, MEd
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 6/24/2014