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Asthma: Breathe Easier

Test your health IQ and see if you know the tricks to breathing easier with asthma.

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Asthma: Breathe Easier
Asthma: Breathe Easier
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Asthma attacks start deep in the lungs.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Asthma is actually a disease of the bronchial tubes, the airways of the lungs.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What is a bronchospasm?

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The correct answer is: A bronchospasm occurs when the bands of muscle that surround the airways tighten, narrowing the airways.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which is not a common symptom of asthma?

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The correct answer is: The most common symptoms of asthma are frequent coughing, especially at night; shortness of breath; wheezing; and chest tightness, pain or pressure.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What can trigger asthma?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Pollution, cigarette smoke and certain allergies, humidity, cold weather, even aspirin can trigger asthma in some people.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Dust mites can trigger an asthma attack.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Indoor allergens such as pet dander and dust mites are common triggers for asthma attacks.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What is a bronchodilator?

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The correct answer is: Bronchodilator is a class of drugs that relax and open the air passages to the lungs to make breathing easier. Albuterol is a commonly prescribed example.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How are anti-inflammatory drugs used in the treatment of asthma?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Anti-inflammatory drugs, a.k.a. "maintenance medications," also reduce swelling and mucus production in the airways.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What's the difference between modern HFA rescue inhalers and older inhalers?

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The correct answer is: Modern HFA rescue inhalers use a propellant (hydrofluoroalkane) that doesn't harm the earth's atmosphere. As a result, the medication inside may taste slightly different.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: Asthma isn't genetic.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Family history is the top risk factor for asthma.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is the difference between "intermittent" and "persistent" asthma?

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The correct answer is: Intermittent asthma comes and goes. Persistent asthma is lasting and is subdivided into mild, moderate and severe classifications based on how intense a case of asthma is.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How many Americans have asthma?

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The correct answer is: More than 15 million Americans have asthma, but one-third of them are under 18.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Asthma can start at any age.

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The correct answer is: It's true: While a large number of people with asthma are under 18, it can actually happen at any age.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What's the difference between bronchitis and asthma?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Bronchitis and asthma are sometimes confused because doctors may use the term "asthmatic bronchitis" when they aren't sure if a patient is suffering from an ongoing condition. But the two illnesses are different. Bronchitis is temporary and usually caused by an infection, and coughs related to bronchitis do not bring up sputum.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What does air pollution have to do with asthma?

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The correct answer is: Studies show pollution, particularly that from traffic sources, raises the risk of asthma in children.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: If you have asthma, you should develop an asthma action plan with your doctor.

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The correct answer is: This is true. An asthma action plan describes when and how to use asthma medications, actions to take when asthma worsens and when to seek emergency care.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which of the following may also put a person at risk for asthma?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Both respiratory allergies and the presence of cockroaches in a home are known to increase the risk of asthma. Studies also now link obesity as a risk for asthma risk.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: If I have asthma, I'm more likely to experience a severe reaction to foods.

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The correct answer is: This is true. People with asthma are more likely to experience severe allergic reactions to foods, and they also have a higher risk of death if they experience anaphylaxis from food allergies.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What is sputum?

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The correct answer is: Sputum is mucus from the lungs and bronchial tubes. It can clog your airways during an asthma attack, making breathing more difficult.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Certain inhalers will not stop an asthma attack once it's started.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Some inhalers are designed as maintenance medications. For example, Aerospan HFA is not an emergency treatment and will not stop an asthma attack. Other inhalers are specifically for emergencies. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to determine what kind of inhaler you use.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What is dyspnea?

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The correct answer is: Dyspnea is shortness of breath and can sometimes be harmless as the result of exercise or nasal congestion. It may also be a sign of heart or lung disease.

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Asthma

Asthma can be mild or severe, and is classified by how your breathing is affected. Most alarming are asthma attacks, episodes of severe coughing or wheezing where it is very hard to catch your breath; but asthma can also be a chro...

nic condition. Treatment is by anti-inflammatories and bronchodilators.
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