Children are more likely to have asthma than are adults. In fact, asthma is the most common chronic 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 United States.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Asthma is a common disease among children and adults in the United States, 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. People with asthma have sensitive lungs that react to certain things, causing the airways to tighten, swell, and fill with mucus. The person then has trouble breathing and may cough and wheeze.A. True B. False 3. Asthma episodes may cause breathing problems, but these episodes are not really harmful or dangerous.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Asthma episodes can be very harmful. People can get very sick and need hospitalization. Some people have died from asthma episodes. Frequent asthma episodes, even if they are mild, may cause people to stop being active and living normal lives.A. True B. False 4. Asthma episodes usually occur suddenly without warning.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Sometimes an asthma episode may come on quite quickly. However, before a person has any wheezing or shortness of breath, he or she usually has symptoms such as a cough, a scratchy throat, or tightness in the chest. Most patients learn to recognize these early symptoms and can take medicine to prevent a serious episode.A. True B. False 5. Many different things can bring on an asthma episode.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is For most people with asthma, an episode can start from many different triggers. Some of these things are pollen from trees or grasses; molds or house dust; weather changes; strong odors; cigarette smoke; and certain foods. 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. Each person with asthma has an individual set of asthma triggers.A. True B. False 6. Asthma cannot 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. However, asthma patients can control it to a large degree by:
- Getting advice from a doctor who specializes in the care of asthma patients.
- Learning to notice early signs of an asthma episode and to start treatment promptly.
- Avoiding things that cause asthma episodes.
- Taking medicine just as the doctor says.
- Knowing when to get medical help with a severe episode.
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Online Source: Asthma, CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm
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Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Ziegler, Olivia Walton, MS, PA-C
Date Last Reviewed: 7/28/2013
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