Asthma Triggers: Fact or Fiction?

Asthma has many triggers. How many of them are familiar to you?

Introduction

Approximately 358 million people all over the world have asthma, according to a 2015 study. That’s a significant increase from the 183 million people that were recorded as having asthma 25 years prior, in 1990. A long-term condition, asthma causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed. This inflammation is chronic, meaning asthma is a disease that never goes away, even while it has flare-ups and periods where it is less intense. That is why it is important to properly and regularly medicate if diagnosed.

Did you know that the term asthma comes from a Greek word that means “panting”? Sounds about right. Asthma control is a combination of medication and healthy life choices (like not smoking) that can definitely help reduce flare-ups and attacks.

This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of asthma triggers. Some of these questions will test your knowledge of asthma treatments, while other questions will focus on certain triggers. The quiz will provide a statement that you must determine is either true or false. Taking this quiz will be a fun, educational way to help you help your lungs—or, if not yours, then the lungs of someone close to you with asthma. When you take care to avoid harmful triggers (some of which you may not even realize are causing your flare-ups!), you become better able to manage your asthma or help a loved one with this condition.

Disclaimer: This quiz is not meant to diagnose any condition or substitute advice and knowledge from a licensed medical professional.

Description

Approximately 358 million people all over the world have asthma, according to a 2015 study. That’s a significant increase from the 183 million people that were recorded as having asthma 25 years prior, in 1990. A long-term condition, asthma causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed. This inflammation is chronic, meaning asthma is a disease that never goes away, even while it has flare-ups and periods where it is less intense. That is why it is important to properly and regularly medicate if diagnosed.

Did you know that the term asthma comes from a Greek word that means “panting”? Sounds about right. Asthma control is a combination of medication and healthy life choices (like not smoking) that can definitely help reduce flare-ups and attacks.

This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of asthma triggers. Some of these questions will test your knowledge of asthma treatments, while other questions will focus on certain triggers. The quiz will provide a statement that you must determine is either true or false. Taking this quiz will be a fun, educational way to help you help your lungs—or, if not yours, then the lungs of someone close to you with asthma. When you take care to avoid harmful triggers (some of which you may not even realize are causing your flare-ups!), you become better able to manage your asthma or help a loved one with this condition.

Disclaimer: This quiz is not meant to diagnose any condition or substitute advice and knowledge from a licensed medical professional.

Short Description

Can you identify asthma triggers and how to handle them?


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Let's Play!

1. Secondhand smoke that can't be smelled or noticed can still trigger an asthma attack. True or false?


1. Secondhand smoke that can

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Many chemicals in cigarette smoke are odorless, but are still asthma triggers.



2. Fear can trigger an asthma attack. True or false?


2. Fear can trigger an asthma attack. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Extreme fear that causes dizziness or fainting can trigger asthma.



3. Cologne you have used for years without problem will always be safe in the future. True or false?


3. Cologne you have used for years without problem will always be safe in the future.  True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. People can develop sensitivities to chemicals that have never bothered them before.



4. Cold, dry air is extremely unlikely to trigger an attack. True or false?


4. Cold, dry air is extremely unlikely to trigger an attack.  True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Breathing cold, dry air can trigger asthma, especially if someone enters into that climate from indoors, where the air was warm and moist.



5. Dust itself is an asthma trigger. True or false?


5. Dust itself is an asthma trigger. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Actually, it is the dust mites that live in the dust that are the primary triggers.



6. Asthma medicines can include those that reduce stomach acid. True or false?


6. Asthma medicines can include those that reduce stomach acid. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Asthma can be caused by gastroesophageal reflux.



7. Cats are more likely than dogs to cause asthma. True or false?


7. Cats are more likely than dogs to cause asthma. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Any pet can cause asthma, but certain dogs do not shed and have hair rather than fur, often making them better tolerated by asthmatics.



8. Fear can break/diminish an asthma attack. True or false?


8. Fear can break/diminish an asthma attack. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. While fear can be the cause of an asthma attack, it can also release adrenaline (epinephrine), a medicine used to treat asthma.



9. Since cockroaches don't have fur or hair, they won't bother asthmatics. True or false?


9. Since cockroaches don

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Insects also carry mites, and they shed their skin and excrete feces. All of these are triggers!



10. Mold is a common asthma trigger. True or false?


10. Mold is a common asthma trigger. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. If mold is inhaled, it can actually kill a person, even if they don't have asthma.



11. Warm, humid air can cause an asthma attack. True or false?


11. Warm, humid air can cause an asthma attack. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Heat causes inflammation. The water in humid air carries numerous triggers.



12. Asthma is primarily a disease of constriction/hyperreactivity of the airways (bronci). True or false?


12. Asthma is primarily a disease of constriction/hyperreactivity of the airways (bronci). True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false.. Asthma is primarily a disease of airway inflamation. Airway constriction is secondary.



13. Cortisone is one medicine used to treat acute (sudden) asthma attacks. True or false?


13. Cortisone is one medicine used to treat acute (sudden) asthma attacks. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. For acute attacks, cortisone is given intravenously.



14. A sinus infection will clog your nose, but it won't cause an asthma attack. True or false?


14. A sinus infection will clog your nose, but it won

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Sinus drainage/bacteria cam enter the lungs, exacerbating an attack.



15. A strong cup of coffee can treat an asthma attack. True or false?


15. A strong cup of coffee can treat an asthma attack. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Caffeine is a bronchodilator.



16. Hypoallergenic cleaning products are safe to use around asthmatics. True or false?


16. Hypoallergenic cleaning products are safe to use around asthmatics. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Any cleaning product may cause a flare-up, as asthma is not necessarily caused by allergies.



17. A person with childhood-onset asthma may outgrow it in time. True or false?


17. A person with childhood-onset asthma may outgrow it in time. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Though this does happen, it cannot be predicted with certainty.



18. RSV (respiratory syncitial virus), which causes "colds," is an asthma trigger. True or false?


18. RSV (respiratory syncitial virus), which causes "colds," is an asthma trigger. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. While this doesn't CAUSE asthma in the general population, it can definitely trigger an attack in someone who already has asthma.



19. Food allergies are the primary cause of asthma. True or false?


19. Food allergies are the primary cause of asthma. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Any allergic reaction can cause the lungs' airways to close, but food allergies do not usually cause asthma.



20. Reactive airway disease (RAD) and asthma are the same thing. True or false?


20. Reactive airway disease (RAD) and asthma are the same thing. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Though similar, they are different. Asthma is a disease of INFLAMMATION, RAD is when airways close due to certain triggers.



21. Asthma is a situational/environmental/reactive disease, not a chronic (ongoing) disease. True or false?


21. Asthma is a situational/environmental/reactive disease, not a chronic (ongoing) disease. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Some things make it worse, but even if there are no active symptoms, the disease is still present.



22. As long as you are symptom free, you do not need to take your medication. True or false?


22. As long as you are symptom free, you do not need to take your medication. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Asthma is a chronic (always present) condition. Therefore, it needs to be treated even when there are no symptoms.



23. Air pollution is a common asthma trigger. True or false?


23. Air pollution is a common asthma trigger. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Even if you can't see it or smell it, it can still trigger an attack.



24. The flu causes vomiting and diarrhea, not asthma attacks. True or false?


24. The flu causes vomiting and diarrhea, not asthma attacks. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. The flu is a violent respiratory illness with high fever. It can kill someone with asthma.



25. Sudden pain can trigger an asthma attack. True or false?


25. Sudden pain can trigger an asthma attack. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Even though pain releases adrenalin, sudden pain can sometimes trigger an attack.



26. Once in the water, pool chemicals are not usually an asthma trigger. True or false?


26. Once in the water, pool chemicals are not usually an asthma trigger. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. However, prior to be well mixed into pool water, chlorine and muriatic acid are potent triggers.



27. Smoke from wood or burning grass is a common asthma trigger. True or false?


27. Smoke from wood or burning grass is a common asthma trigger. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is true. Like any other pollutant, even if it can't be smelled, it can trigger an attack.



28. Beta agonists, like Albuterol, are the primary treatment for asthma. True or false?


28. Beta agonists, like Albuterol, are the primary treatment for asthma. True or false?

1. True

2. False

This statement is false. Corticosteroids, like cortisone, are the primary treatment (usually in the inhaled form).




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