Asthma Introduction According to the Ontario Lung Association (2008), asthma is a chronic disease which makes it difficult to breathe. Zdanowicz (2007, p. 1) defines asthma as “a chronic disease of the airways that is characterized by exacerbations of significant bronchospasm and marked airway inflammation”. There is no cure for asthma but it can be managed. A very important point for nursing is that asthma is not simply a physical condition but that the person has psychosocial needs as a result of the illness. When children’s asthma is not properly managed, they lose sleep because of the symptoms, miss school, and are unable to participate in the social activities of their age group (Miracle & Winston, 2001). Causes and risk...The end:
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