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Crystal Rivas


Title: Acknowledging Asthma 

Topic: Asthma 

Pupose: To provide my audience with basic information on Asthma, its symptoms and its treatment. 




  • Attention-getter: Asthma is a disease of the lungs that can affect people of all ages. 
  • Audience Motivation: Asthma is a disease, and like many diseases it can lead to death.  Advancement in knowledge and understanding of Asthma and its management can improve life for individuals who are affected directly and indirectly. 
  • Credibility:  I have had acute Asthma for 10 years, and have done extensive research on the subject. 
  • Thesis: To inform my audience of Asthma, asthma symptoms, and the different medications used to treat asthma. 


I. Asthma is a lung disease that can be categorized in 2 different ways.

A. Asthma

B. Acute Asthma

[Transition] Now that I have explained asthma, I will move on to some symptoms that may be seen in the process of an asthma attack.


II. Common Asthma Symptoms can vary from person to person.

A. Shortness of Breath

B. Wheezing

C. Coughing

[Transition]Now that you are aware of Asthma symptoms, I will introduce you to some treatments.


III.  Medications that can control and treat Asthma symptoms.

A. Short-acting beta-2 agonists

1. Albuteral/ Aerosol

2. Proventil



B. Corticosteriods

              1. Flovent


C. Combination medications: Corticosteroid and bronchodilator

              1. Advair



  • Summary:  As I have shown you, asthma is a disease of the lungs that has multiple ways to treat when symptoms arise.
  • Refocus: Now that I have informed you of Asthma, I hope that you will leave with a better awareness of it and how to treat it.



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DRAFT: This module has unpublished changes.