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Health lesson 45

TermDefinition
communicable diseases can be spread from person to person
common cold a respiratory infection caused by more than 100 different viruses
rhinovirus a virus that infects the nose
influenze the flu; highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract
reye's syndrome disease that causes swelling of the brain and deterioration of the liver
pneumonia an infection in the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or other pathogens
strep throat bacterial infection of the throat
rheumatic fever an autoimmune disease in the heart that can cause fever, weakness, and damage to heart valves
tuberculosis bacterial infection of the lungs
SARS contagious respiratory illness
asthma triggers substances that cause the airways to tighten, swell, and fill with mucous
asthma attack an episode of coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest
exercise-induced asthma EIA; asthma triggered by physical activity
animal dander flakes of dead skin from an animal
pollen yellowish powder produced by flowers, trees, and grass
hay fever seasonal respiratory allergies
skin patch test a skin test that involves putting allergens on a patch, taping the patch to the skin, and observing the reaction
wheal round skin lump that indicates sensitivity to a particular allergen
Created by: username0325