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Diseases of Specific Systems
"Asthma affects 5.4 million people in the UK alone - how clued up are you on one of the world's most common diseases? Spellings and information have a British slant."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Asthma is characterised by which of the following disease processes?
All of these
Production of mucus and phlegm
Inflammation of the airway/'windpipe'
Which of the following would not be a typical symptom of asthma?
Shortness of breath
Asthma attacks can be caused by a person coming into contact with something their asthma is sensitive to, called an "allergen", which causes an allergic reaction in the form of asthma symptoms. Which of the following would not typically be classed as an allergen?
Cold winter air
House dust mites
An asthmatic friend is having some trouble breathing after walking through a park with many beautiful flowers. Your friend takes her inhaler and waits a few minutes. Her breathing does not improve, so she has two more puffs. Again, this has no effect. What should you do?
Nothing - the inhaler will work eventually
Tell her to gently walk around, to get more air into her lungs
Get your friend some medical attention
When was asthma first recognised as a disease?
Asthma can occasionally be caused by a person's job. Which of the following are least likely to develop asthma because of their work?
If a person suffers from asthma, which of the following options should they NOT do?
Exercise and become involved in sport
Keep a diary of symptoms
Carry an inhaler at all times
Avoid taking medication, even when feeling well
"Brittle" asthma occurs in what percentage of the asthmatic population?
Less than 5%
All asthma is "brittle" asthma
Which of these countries has the highest levels of childhood asthma in the world?
Finally, it is vital that someone with asthma is supported in dealing with their illness. Where might someone in the UK go to get this information?
Asthma UK charity
All of these
Specialist doctors and nurses
Expert Patient Program
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Compiled Jun 28 12