Children's Health and Wellness

Your Child's Asthma: Quiz

Children are more likely to have asthma than are adults. In fact, asthma is the most common long-term childhood disease, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Find out more about this condition by taking the following quiz.

1. Asthma is a common disease among children and adults in the U.S.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Asthma is a common disease among children and adults in the U.S., and it is increasing.A. True B. False 2. Asthma is an emotional or psychological illness.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Asthma is not an emotional or psychological disease, although strong emotions can sometimes make asthma worse. People with asthma are more likely to have depression and anxiety than people who don't have asthma.A. True B. False 3. Asthma flare-ups may cause breathing problems but aren't dangerous.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Asthma flare-ups can be very dangerous. A person having a flare-up may need to be treated at the emergency department or in the hospital. Flare-ups are also life-threatening--they can cause death.A. True B. False 4. Asthma flare-ups usually occur suddenly without warning.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Sometimes an asthma flare-up may come on quite quickly. But early symptoms are usually present. People with asthma should learn to recognize their early symptoms so they can treat them.A. True B. False 5. Many different things can cause an asthma flare-up.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is For most people with asthma, flare-ups may be triggered by many things. Some of these things are pollen from trees or grasses; molds or house dust; weather changes; strong odors; and cigarette smoke. Other triggers include being upset; laughing or crying hard; exercise; exposure to cold air; having a cold or the flu; or being near furry or feathered animals.A. True B. False 6. Asthma can't be cured, but it can be controlled.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is There is no cure yet for asthma. But people with asthma can control it by:
  • Working with their health care provider.
  • Learning to notice early signs of an asthma flare-up and to start treatment promptly.
  • Avoiding triggers or things that cause asthma flare-ups.
  • Taking medicine as they are told to do so.
  • Knowing when to get medical help with severe flare-ups.
A. True B. False 7. Different types of medicine are available to control asthma.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Several types of medicines are available to control asthma. Some people with mild asthma need to take medication only when they have symptoms. But most people need to take medicine every day to prevent symptoms and different medicine when symptoms do occur.A. True B. False 8. People with asthma have no way to monitor how well their lungs are functioning.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is One way people with asthma can monitor how well their lungs are functioning is with a peak flow meter. This small device can be used at home, work, or school. The peak flow meter may show that the asthma is getting worse before symptoms appear.A. True B. False 9. Asthma only starts in childhood.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Both children and adults can have asthma. Sometimes, but not always, symptoms will go away as children get older. But many people who had asthma as children continue to have asthma symptoms throughout adulthood. In some cases, asthma doesn't occur until a person is an adult.A. True B. False 10. Tobacco smoke can make an asthma flare-up worse.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes can cause an asthma flare-up. And tobacco smoke can worsen a flare-up caused by other triggers.A. True B. False 11. People with asthma should not exercise.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is People with asthma should exercise. When asthma is under control, people with asthma are able to play most sports. Many people with asthma take medicine before exercising to prevent flare-ups.A. True B. False Your score was:
Print Source: An Overview of Asthma Management, UptoDate.
Print Source: Evaluation of Severe Asthma in Adolescents and Adults, UptoDate.
Online Source: Asthma, CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm
Online Source: Making a Splash, American Lung Associationhttp://www.lung.org/about-us/our-impact/top-stories/making-a-splash-olympic-gold.html
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
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