Chicken Pox

One disease and ten facts.

  • Chicken pox is a highly contagious disease on the body, infected by the virus named Varicella Zoster Virus (the VZV).
  • The main symptom of chicken pox is a spotty, itchy, blistery rash.
  • The chicken pox virus spreads through air by coughing and sneezing and can spread by direct contact with a pox.
  • Chicken pox blisters become scabs and fall off in approximately six days.
  • The mammal group called primates are able to catch chicken pox. This group includes chimpanzees and gorillas.

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  • Chicken pox symptoms in an adult can include headaches, aching muscles, loss of appetite, rashes and/or a fever.
  • The chicken pox scabs can appear all over the body, including on the face, nostrils, mouth, lips, eyelids, ears, palms of your hands, soles of your feet and in your throat.
  • Adults, especially males, normally have more severe chicken pox.
  • Having chicken pox as a child may trigger shingles as an adult.
  • A vaccine was developed by Michiaki Takahashi in 1974 and has been available in the United States since 1995.
Bibliography:
Chickenpox 23 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickenpox>

 

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Asthma

You could have Asthma even if you don’t know it and here is ten facts about Asthma that hopefully you won’t know!

  • Asthma is when you might have difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing or chest tightness as a result of an asthma trigger.
  • Dust-mites, fur of animals, traffic fumes, poor air quality, grass pollen, exercise  illness and worry, all can trigger asthma attacks.
  • A person with asthma has narrower airways than someone without asthma.
  • To help prevent asthma, a doctor can give you a preventer inhaler.  To help calm your asthma attacks, a doctor can give you a reliever inhaler.
  • Exercising can help asthma since the fitter you get the better your lungs work.

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  • In 2009, asthma attacks caused 250,000 deaths worldwide.
  • In 2010, 300 million people in the world have asthma.
  • Having skin allergies increases the chance of having asthma.
  • The Ancient Egyptians first discovered asthma and treated it it by making patients drink a mixture called Kyphi.
  • In 1980, more children were likely to have asthma than previous years.
Bibliography:
Asthma 3 October 2012, Wikipedia, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asthma>
Bee, P 1998, Living with Asthma, Wayland Publishers Limited, England

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