Attention Step: Have you ever felt like you wouldn’t ever be able to breath again, like you just could not catch your breath? Have you ever had a cough that just wouldn’t go away or feel like your chest was being sat on by a sumo wrestler? Well I have, as have JFK, Teddy Roosevelt, Dennis Rodman, Elizabeth Taylor, and Beethoven.
Context Step: If you have no idea what I am talking about, it is asthma. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website, Asthma I the inflammation of the air passages resulting in the temporary narrowing of the airways that transport air from the nose and mouth to the lungs.
Need Step: There is no cure for asthma, only management through treatment. As stated by the AAFA’s website, and estimated 20 million people suffer from asthma. That is about the population of New York. And out of that 20 million, 4000 of them die each year from asthma.
Thesis: With asthma being quite common, I would like to get you all today to understand asthma a little bit more and that you can still be diagnosed with it today as I was only a few weeks ago.
Preview: I will start off by telling you about the different types of asthma. Second I will explain the symptoms that go along with asthma. Third I will tell you about you can and is affect by asthma and finally what happens when you have an asthma attack and what you should do.
1. What are the types of asthma?
A. The first type of asthma is allergic asthma
1. Allergic asthma is the most commonly occurring.
a. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website, 60% of people with asthma have allergic asthma.
b. It mainly occurs after childhood.
2. Allergic asthma is characterized by the triggering of an allergic reaction.
a. The triggers are most commonly inhaled allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, pollen, mold, etc.
b. Triggers can also be seasonal, meaning that for some it is worse in the spring or late...