Health Studies, David Obeng, 25th March, 2011.
Choose a current health topic and discuss how sociological and Psychological factors impact upon it.
The health topic to discuss today is Asthma. It is a chronic, severe and inflammatory breathing disorder affecting the small air tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. People with asthma get irritable when they come into contact with an asthma trigger. The muscles of the walls of the airways tighten so as to narrow the airways and the airways lining becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes, sticky mucus (phlegm) builds up which further closes the airways. All these reactions narrow and irritate the airways making breathing difficult, leading to symptoms of asthma. Currently, 5.4 million people in the UK are receiving treatment for asthma. 1.1 million Children in the UK are currently being treated for asthma and there is at least one person with asthma in one in five households in the UK. Research shows that pregnancy and smoking significantly increases the risk of a child developing asthma and Children whose parents smoke are more likely to develop asthma. Although asthma cannot be cured yet, there are some excellent medicines available to help sufferers to control their asthma so that life is not too complicated. Steroids tablets, preventer inhalers and nebulisers are just a few examples of the available treatments. Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest are the common symptoms of asthma.
Asthma UK is a charity dedicated to improve the health and well-being of the 5.4 million asthmatic people in the UK whose lives have been affected by asthma. The charity has a small, friendly and specialist nurses to provide independent, confidential advice and support to people with asthma, their families, friends and carers. They also provide advice and support to healthcare professionals through phones and emails. Asthma UK also funds research into all aspects of asthma from scientific...