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Can't Breath Most of you may not think of asthma as a killer disease, yet more that 5,000 Americans die of asthma each year. “According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute web page, asthma also accounts for more that 400,000 hospital discharges annually” (What is Asthma?, 8/24) . As the number of people with asthma increases, the more likely you are to meet a person who has the disease. I have a close and personal relationship with asthma. My ex wife three sons have asthma and they deal with the disease everyday each case a little different. Today, I will discuss some interesting facts about asthma; I will specifically focus on what are asthma, warning signs, symptoms, causes, and the treatments that are used.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is best described by its technical name: Reversible Obstructive Airway Disease (ROAD). In other words, asthma is a condition in which the airways of the lungs become either narrowed or blocked. The results are usually temporary but they cause shortness of breath, breathing trouble, wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. To know what it really feels like to have asthma, I would like everyone to pick up the straw and put it in his or her mouth as if they were using it to drink something. Then, pinch your nose. Try breathing for twenty seconds. A real attack can last up to more than ten minutes and you are only doing it for twenty seconds. Juice, the youngest child, chest would rise so big because he could not breath.
Asthma symptoms can range from mild to very severe. A person may experience only occasional severe episodes one time and then experience frequents mild episodes. Juice asthma would change like the weather while the other two boys would maybe have an attack once every three months. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, there are four main symptoms of…...

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