Essay About Asthma

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Respiratory Disorders Brittany Barbeau NURS14178 Vasanthy Harnanan March 26, 2014 1. Briefly describe asthma in a way that Mr. TG and his wife would understand. What pathophysiology is occurring which makes it difficult for Mr. TG to breathe? Asthma is a chronic disease that makes it difficult to breathe. The airways to the lungs swell up and become inflamed, which narrows the air passageway to the lungs and the lungs cannot receive the amount of oxygen that it needs. “Mucus builds up inside the airways so you have trouble getting air in and out of your lungs.” (Pope, 2002, p.44). If the lungs do not receive the essential amount of air, it will cause a lot of distress and wheezing to the patient. 2. Discuss at least four different methods that can be used to diagnose asthma and the results you would expect to see in Mr. TG’s case. Doctors may use a physical exam to diagnose asthma; they’ll listen to the lungs of the patient who was experiencing asthma symptoms with the use of a stethoscope. A chest x-ray could be used as well to determine the diagnoses by ruling out other lung diseases. The allergy test can also diagnose asthma because of the skin prick test which can determine what allergens could make the asthma symptoms worse or the ones that can trigger the asthma. Lastly, a blood test could also be useful in determining if they have asthma. In Mr. TG case, the results of his tests would determine that he does have asthma. 3. What are some of the questions that you might ask Mr. TG, when gathering his history, to get a better sense of what triggered his attack? Explain your answer. To figure out what triggered Mr. TG’s asthma attack I would ask what he was doing at the time of the attack and has he ever had an ... ... middle of paper ... ... Handout on asthma triggers. ( 1. Discuss what asthma is to determine if the client has an understanding of it. 2. Discuss the differences between Salbutamol and Flovent. 3. Discuss the triggers of an asthma attack. 4. Allow client to ask questions; respond according to the question appropriately.. References Pope, B. (2002). ProQuest Science Journals. Asthma. 32(5) 44. Retrieved from: Potter, P.A. & Perry, A.G. (2009). Fundamentals of Nursing (7th ed.). St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby Elsevier. The Canadian Lung Association (September 24, 2012). Asthma. What is asthma? Retrieved from:

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