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?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Half the cases develop in childhood. Asthma symptoms may go away as children become adults. They may come back as adults get older.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 Asthma symptoms vary from one person child to the next. Common symptoms are shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, and chest tightness. These symptoms may mean a severe flare-up.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 Triggers include allegens, strong odors, and respiratory infections. Others 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 manage your asthma even when you don't have symptoms.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 to get regular exercise. Swimming is good for people with asthma. Other activities recommended include short break periods, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Some people with asthma may need to use inhaled medications before 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: Holloway, Beth, RN, MEd
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 6/24/2014