Stan Health Buzz On Soda

Why did I choose this topic?

I chose this topic because I noticed that teenagers drink soda way to much, heavily impacting their health. I think that this issue is relevant to me because I grow up with people around me drinking soda. Many of them unaware of the risks and therefore I feel like I have to make them aware.

Personally I don’t like soda so I think that makes it easier for me to criticise people who drink soda but it is proven that most teenagers usually drink at least 2 and a half of sodas a day. I was shocked when I read this because I realised that teenagers drank soda but I never imagined this much. When I first noticed how much soda many teenager drink I decided to do a quick search on google on  soda and what I found out really interested me. I found out about the effects being obesity, teeth decay and even asthma. Mainly asthma being a effect really shocked me. I think that this research helped me learn how important wellness is as I was at first unaware of the dangerous of soda but because of wellness I learnt a lot about it.

Allergies – Dana

I chose this topic because I have a few allergies, and one of them almost cost my life. I am allergic to a medicine that makes me swell up everywhere, even my throat. If my throat swelled up, it would block my air, and I wouldn’t be able to breath. Since that has happened, I want to learn more about how we get allergies, so we can protect all the people who have allergies. This is important for some people can get injured, while other people can die if they consume their allergies. Many people suffer allergies even more than before because of the change in the environment. We don’t want to die of something we can prevent. This can affect teenagers by knowing when they were younger, they had this specific allergy, but when you grow up, your body will become stronger. You might not be allergic to things you were allergic to when you were a kid. Why? Through exercising, you will be stronger, and your immune system would be able to tolerate the substance that you are allergic to, making you not have an allergic reaction to the substance.

First of all, what is an allergy? An allergy is an immune effect to a substance, like pollen, fur, or a particular food. If you don’t know whether you have an allergy or not, here are some signs to look for:

If you are allergic to a certain type of medicine or food:
Hives – An itchy red rash
Swelling – It happens mainly on you eyes, lips, tongue and face
Abdominal pain – Vomiting or diarrhea
Atopic eczema – Your skin will turn cracked, dry and red

If you are allergic to pollen, fur, or dust mites:
Asthma- When you are breathless, wheezing, and coughing a lot
Rhinitis- Blocked, itchy, runny, or sneezing nose
Conjunctivitis- Red and itchy eyes

What causes allergies? Well, they are still investigating on that, but we know it has something to do with the immune system and how it responds to the substance. Sometimes, you can know what you are allergic to if your family has had those allergies. However, that’s not for all the cases. For example, if your mom is allergic to pollen, it does not mean that you are also allergic to pollen. It all depends on your immune system.

When you get allergies, you would want to know what to do if that happened to yourself or others. For a minor allergic reaction, they can be dealt with at home. You could get an over the counter medicine that can ease breathing problems. This medicine is usually in a form of an eye drop, nasal spray, or tablet. You can use ice or topical cream to treat swelling, itching, and redness. If the medicine does not work, or is not strong enough, your doctor can prescribe you a stronger medicine.

To sum it all up, I think that allergies can be dangerous, but if you know how to prevent your allergies from happening, and know how to treat them when an allergic reaction occurs, I think that you are safe. This influences my thinking in wellness because now I know how to keep my body safe, healthy and happy, and I know what to consume and what not too. This also influences my thinking because when I was younger, I used to think that having an allergy would not be a big deal, but I was wrong. I wish I never had allergies, and I hope you have none too. Thank you.

This shows 8 common food allergies that people might have. It is sad to think that people are allergic to daily food that we eat.

This shows 8 common food allergies that people might have. It is sad to think that people are allergic to daily food that we need.


Asthma- Thaissa

 

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My topic for the HealthBuzz is “Asthma”, and I chose it because a lot of people in my family has it/ had it, including myself. Since I got it when I was very young, and I haven’t been affected by it much in the past five years, I don’t know how it really affects your lungs and how it actually happens.

Asthma affects teenagers because a lot of teenagers are affected by it, and many may not know much about it. In Ireland over 85% of schools have kids with Asthma in them, and 81% of them don’t have any specific guidelines for kids who suffer with Asthma.

I feel like this topic is very important since you don’t have to be born with it or have it in your genetics to obtain it. My mother and I got it around the same time, and my father got it years later.

Asthma is a common condition that effects your airways in your lungs. If you have Asthma the walls in your airways become inflamed and thickened, and if your having an Asthma attack, the walls are even more inflamed and thickened, and your somooth muscles tighetens so the air is trapped in the alveoli. While this is happening you start to feel your chest tighten, most children has described the feeling as “being stepped on” or “being squashed”.

I’m glad that I chose this because it has expanded my knowlege of Asthma quite a lot. I expanded my learning on what asthma is, and what the effects are. Before I did this project I thought Asthma was just a type of sickness that can’t go away, but now after expanding my knowledge of it I learned that it can cause coughing, wheezing, shortness of breathe and chest tightness. And it may possibly prevent you from certain activities, depending on how much it affects your lungs. Since I started this project, my understanding of Asthma has changed and grew alot. I now understand what Asthma is and how it affects people.