MARY TAYLOR MEMORIAL
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
| NEED A RIDE?
The Parish Nursing Team would like to
provide rides to members of our parish who
are unable to drive themselves to the doctor’s
office or for testing.
We are also looking for volunteers who who
are able to drive on an occasional basis.
If you need a ride or can help out once in a
while, please call or email the church office at
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs.In the United States,
about 20 million people have been diagnosed with asthma; nearly 9 million of them are children. With asthma, the inside walls
of your airways are inflamed, or swollen. The inflammation makes them very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things
that you are allergic to or find irritating. When they react, they get narrower and less air flows through to your lungs. This
causes symptoms like wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing, especially at night and in the early morning.
When asthma symptoms become more worse than usual, it is called an asthma episode or attack. In a severe asthma attack, the
airways can close so much that not enough oxygen can get to your vital organs. People can die from severe asthma attacks.
Asthma cannot be cured, but most people with asthma can control it so that they have few and infrequent symptoms and can
live normal, active lives. It means working closely with your doctor to learn how to manage your condition, staying away
from things that bother your airways and bring on asthma symptoms, taking medicines as directed by your doctor, and
monitoring your asthma so you can respond quickly to signs of an attack. Ask your doctor for a written daily asthma self-
management plan and an emergency action plan for asthma attacks, and make sure you understand and know how to use them.
Researchers still do not know what causes asthma, although they do know that if other people in your family have asthma, you
are more likely to develop it. Being exposed early in your life to things like tobacco smoke, infections, and some allergens may
also increase your chances of developing asthma. Some of the more common things that bring on asthma symptoms include
exercise, allergens, irritants, and viral infections. Asthma symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of
breath, and faster or noisy breathing.
Doctors find out whether you have asthma by looking at your family history of asthma and allergies, exploring the things that
seem to cause your symptoms or make them worse, and giving you a test, called spirometry, that measures how much air you
can blow out of your lungs after taking a deep breath and how quickly you can do it. They may also perform tests to find out if
you have allergies, to see how your airways react to exercise, to find out whether you have gastroesophageal reflux disease or
sinus disease, and to rule out heart disease and other lung diseases.
Asthma is treated with two kinds of medicines: quick-relief medicines to stop asthma symptoms and long-term control
medicines to prevent symptoms. Inhaled beta-agonists are the preferred quick-relief medicine. The most effective, long-term
control medicine is an inhaled corticosteroid, which reduces inflammation in your lungs. Most long-term control medicines
must be taken daily, even when you do not have symptoms. Most asthma medicines are inhaled. As a result, they go straight to
your lungs where they are needed. It is important to learn how to use your inhalers correctly.
Parents of children with asthma need to help them manage their asthma, including making sure the child uses his or her
medicines properly and watching for any signs of an attack. Older people with asthma may need to adjust their treatment
because of other diseases or conditions that they have. Some medicines that many older people take can interfere with asthma
medicines or even cause asthma attacks. It is especially important for pregnant women with asthma to control their asthma.
Uncontrolled asthma can limit the supply of oxygen to the fetus. Doctors recommend that it is safer to take asthma medicines
during pregnancy than to take the chance that you will have an attack. Regular physical activity is just as important for people
with asthma as for the rest of the population. If exercise brings on your asthma symptoms, talk to your doctor about the best
ways to control your asthma when you are active.