Asthma is a respiratory disorder that causes inflammation in the lungs which results in narrowing of the airways. When the airways become inflamed and narrowed, it is difficult to move air in and out of the lungs. People with asthma have recurrent episodes of airflow limitation. This limitation can cause wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
Asthma can be triggered by a number of different causes and these triggers vary from person to person with asthma. These factors include tobacco smoke, viral and bacterial infections, exercise, exposure to allergens such as pollen, dust mites or pet dander, acid reflux, some medications including aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, weather changes, and emotional anxiety.
Asthma is a chronic disorder and may affect up to 10% of the population.
Which one of the following is least likely to trigger asthma?
A common cold
Reading the newspaper
Reading the newspaper: Exposure to irritants, such as tobacco smoke, or allergens, such as cat dander, is likely to trigger asthma symptoms in susceptible individuals. Viral and bacterial infections, such as the common cold and sinusitis, and continuous exercise are also common triggers for asthma. Other common triggers include weather changes, reflux disease, and emotional anxiety. Reading a newspaper, however, is not likely to trigger symptoms in individuals with asthma. Identifying one's own asthma triggers and minimizing exposure to these triggers is a key component of maintaining well-controlled asthma.
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Asthma is common and should be evaluated. Approximately 20 millions Americans are affected by asthma. The first step in management is to involve your health care provider. There are many effective medications that can be used to prevent and control asthma Symptoms. In addition to medications, identification and avoidance of one's asthma triggers can help prevent or lessen symptoms.
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