Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. It is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’.
The causes of asthma are not fully understood, although people with asthma often have a family history of asthma. Allergies and asthma often occur together, along with eczema.
Symptoms often vary from person to person, but they are most commonly:
Wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe
Tight feeling in the chest
Feelings of weakness or tiredness
While there's no way to prevent asthma but to control asthma by working together with your doctor, he/she can design a step-by-step plan for living with your condition and preventing asthma attacks.
Asthma is a long-term disease that has no cure. The goal of asthma treatment is to control the disease. Good asthma control will:
Prevent chronic and troublesome symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath
Reduce your need for quick-relief medicines
Help you maintain good lung function
Let you maintain your normal activity level and sleep through the night
Prevent asthma attacks that could result in an emergency room visit or hospital stay
Culled from Staywellworld blog post dated May 19, 2017.
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