Article Review and Critique
“Asthma, a chronic disease characterized by reversible airflow obstruction due to inflammation and narrowing of the airways, is the most common chronic disease in childhood and adolescence worldwide” (Caple & Schub, 2012). Some people are born with asthma and do not know until they are having difficulty breathing, experience a panic attack, or feel their lungs restricted and if left untreated it can become a serious problem to ones health. Asthma has become a major health issue around the world and each person has a different experience with his or her asthma. “Asthma in both adults and children is classified into 4 categories based on symptom frequency and severity: intermittent, mild persistent, moderate persistent, and severe persistent. Status asthmaticus, or an acute asthma attack, is considered a medical emergency because it can lead to respiratory failure and death” (Caple & Schub, 2012). Asthma in terms can become chronic, and a long-term disease which can affect our breathing. There are several ways that asthma can be treated for everyone can lead a normal life and go about their everyday normal activity. Asthma, a chronic disease of the respiratory system, in ways it can affect millions of adults as well as children, asthma works in a way that inflames and narrows the airways making it more difficult to breathe in and out. According to "Centers For Disease Control And Prevention" (2012), The U.S. Percent of noninstitutionalized adults who currently have asthma is 8.2%, while 9.4% of children currently have asthma. “Risk factors for asthma include parental history of asthma; obesity; low birthweight; and certain conditions (e.g., rhinitis, sinusitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease [GERD])” (Caple & Schub, 2012). Asthma can affect the community in different ways such as allergies and the biggest way I think would be chemicals, which vapors from the...