Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways. Those that are susceptible to asthma, this inflammation can cause the airways to spasm and swell periodically so that the airways become narrow. The individual will then wheeze or gasp for air. Obstruction to air flow either resolves spontaneously or responds to a wide range of treatments, but continuing inflammation makes the airways hyper-responsive to stimuli such as cold air, exercise, dust mites, pollutants in the air, and even stress and anxiety (TheFreeDictionary). The articles “Asthma treated with integrative medicine” and “Asthma linked to celiac disease” both discuss how asthma is a problem to people of all ages and can ultimately linked to other diseases like celiac disease.
No one can actually pinpoint how long asthma has been around for but it has been traced back to as early as 3000 B.C. which is the Egyptians era. As we know some people can have asthma at birth without knowing until they have difficulty breathing, some may call it a panic attack, but it can become a serious problem if left untreated. Asthma has become a major health issue around the world and each person has a different experience with his or her asthma. Asthma in terms can become chronic, and a long term disease which can affect our breathing. . Asthma can affect the community in different ways such as allergies and the biggest way that it would affect the community is by chemicals and smoking.
When chemicals are burned or disposed of improperly it can pollute the air which makes people that have asthma susceptible to asthma attacks. Depending on how bad their case of asthma is inhaling smoke from someone smoking near them can also trigger an asthma attack. Chemicals such as sulfur dioxide and sulfites are used to preserve foods and beverages can also trigger an asthma attack. The community around has responded to this problem by having people test for asthma at younger ages and making more areas smoking free such as schools and hospitals and parks. The health department had also made the policies where restaurants and stores are only allowed to have a certain amount of chemicals in their food to help prevent people with asthma and other related diseases from getting panic attacks.
In conclusion a problem in our community is asthma. Asthma is can become chronic, and a long term disease which can affect our breathing in all stages of our lives. Asthma has been around for a long time. Asthma affects our community in many ways. One of the ways it affects us is when chemicals are not disposed of in the correct manner it affects the way people with asthma breathe. The community has responded to this problem by making more places smoking free.
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