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What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways, that results in troubles with breathing. Asthma causes the inflammation of the air passages that, in turn, causes a temporary narrowing of the airway that carries oxygen to the lungs.
What are the symptoms of Asthma?
Symptoms of Asthma may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, pain, or pressure.
What Causes Asthma?
Those with Asthma have sensitive airways that may react to many different things that could cause an Asthma attack. Some of the most common triggers are: infections, allergens, irritants, tobacco smoke, exercise, weather, strong emotions, and medication.
What Increases My Risk of Developing Asthma?
Being around substances that can trigger asthma attacks may increase your risk of developing the condition.
How is Asthma Diagnosed?
Asthma is diagnosed after talking with your doctor about some of the things that have been triggering asthma symptoms. Once your doctor has diagnosed you with asthma, he may prescribe you some medications to help you treat your asthma.
How Asthma Treated?
Anti-inflammatory drugs, particularly inhaled steroids, are very important for treating asthma. The medication helps prevent attacks by reducing swelling and mucus production in the airways. This leads to the airways becoming less sensitive and less likely to react to triggers. Bronchodilators are types of medication that help the symptoms of asthma by relaxing the muscle bands that tighten around the airway.
Medications for Asthma