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What is Asthma?

Asthma is an ongoing medical condition where the airways of the lungs become narrow and swell up causing excess mucus, difficulty breathing, wheezing, excess coughing and shortness of breath. Asthma cannot be cured but can be controlled. In addition, there are three types of asthma:

Exercised-induced asthma: triggered by exercise

Occupational asthma: occurs in people that work around irritating substances

Allergy-induced asthma: triggered by allergies or airborne substances such as pollen

Asthma can be identified as intermittent or persistent asthma; intermittent asthma comes and goes however persistent asthma implies you have asthma symptoms almost all of the time.

What Are The Causes of Asthma?

Often causes of asthma include:

  • Allergies

  • Respiratory Infections

  • Environment

  • Genetics

What Are The Symptoms of Asthma?

  • Tightness in the chest area

  • Trouble falling asleep due to shortness of breath

  • Pain in the chest area

  • Wheezing when exhaling

How Do You Know If You Have Asthma?

Asthma can be easily identified by a routine physical exam, and a full evaluation regarding the patient's history of allergies or lung diseases. Sometimes an x-ray can be necessary.


The first steps in treating your asthma is to recognize what triggers your asthma and to avoid those triggers. Long-term medications can keep the symptoms under control and reduce inflammation. Inhalers, which quickly open your airways are also recommended in the case of an asthma attack. If your asthma is typically triggered by allergens, an allergy shot is recommended to take in the case of an allergy-induced asthma attack.

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