Disease Respiratory system

What Is An Asthma Attack (Asthma Definition)

Previously we have spoken in the report about asthma and about asthma definition briefly, here we will talk more information about asthma and asthma definition in some detail.



Definition Of Asthma

We can define asthma as “chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, swell, and produce extra mucus”. This can make breathing very difficult, shortness of breath, chest tightness (asthma chest pain), wheezing (sound in breathing), and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night and in the early morning, in response to exercise or cold air, or exposure to the triggers.

The airways are tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. When the airways becomes inflamed, it becomes difficult to enter and exit of the air inside the lung; because the inflammation makes the airways swollen, and cells in the airways might make more mucus than usual. Mucus is a sticky, thick liquid that can further narrow the airways.

Where Does Asthma Term Come From

The world asthma (AZ-ma) is from the Greek verb ” aazein” or “ἅσθμα”, it means “painting” in Greek. In The Iliad, a Greek epic poem (attributed to Homer) describing the siege of Troy, the expression asthma appeared for the first time. Probably, Hippocrates used the asthma in medical term.

Asthma Statistics in USA

  • The number of people with asthma continues to grow. In 2009: one in 12 people (about 25 million, or 8% of USA population), compared in 2001: with 1 in 14 (about 20 million, or 7%).
  • In 2007: 185 children and 3,262 adults died from asthma attack.
  • In 2009: about 1 in 10 children (10%) had asthma and 1 in 12 adults (8%) had asthma.
  • Asthma cost the USA about 3,300$ per person with asthma each year from 2002 to 2007 in medical expenses.
  • Asthma costs in the US grew from about 53$ billion in 2002 to about 56$ billion in 2007, about a 6% increase.
  • In 2008: more than half (59%) of children and one third (33%) of adults who had an asthma attack missed school or work because of asthma attack.

Symptoms and Treatment Of Asthma

Sometimes asthma symptoms are mild and go away on their own or after minimal treatment (moment treatment) with asthma medicine or get away of asthma triggers. In other times, symptoms continue to get worse and worse, in this case you have to go to emergency care or call 911.

The Most Common Symptoms is:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing (squeaking sound).
  • Chest tightness (asthma chest pain).
  • Fast breathing.
  • Hard talking.

Asthma has NO cure. Even when you feel fine, you still have the asthma and it can happened at any time, so you have to know how to manage the asthma. Her you can know “5 strategies for asthma attack treatment at home“. If you control your asthma you can live normal, active lives and sleep through the night without interruption from asthma.




We hope this article is useful. Now we know more about asthma and this term come from Greek verb. We see terrible statistics about asthma so we must to control our asthma.


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