Children's Health and Wellness

Assess Your Awareness of Asthma

What do Ludwig van Beethoven and John F. Kennedy have in common? Asthma. Inflamed airways cause asthma and its recurrent or chronic breathing problems. See how much you know about this disease by taking the following quiz.

1. Asthma is the leading cause of chronic illness in children. When does it usually show up?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Half the cases develop in childhood. Many cases vanish by adulthood, but they may come back later in life.A. At birth B. Before age 5 C. Before age 10 D. Before age 15 2. Asthma symptoms:You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Although the type, frequency, and severity of asthma symptoms vary from one child to the next, they are all related to difficulty in breathing.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:You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Other triggers include weather changes, medicines, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), air pollution, food, exercise, strong emotional reactions, and secondhand smoke, the America Lung Association says.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:You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is You should take these steps to care for asthma even when symptoms don't exist.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:You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is It's important for good health that everyone get regular exercise. The best type of exercise for someone with asthma is swimming, or an activity that includes short break periods, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Some patients with asthma may be advised by their doctor to use an inhaled medication (like albuterol) prior to exercise.A. Never exercise B. Limit exercise C. Work with their doctor on a plan that encourages exercise and prevents exercise-induced asthma attacks Your score was:
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: Bass, Pat F III, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 7/23/2013