Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.
If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.
People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma.
Many people with asthma also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma.
Occupational asthma is caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust or other potentially harmful substances while on the job.
Childhood asthma impacts millions of children and their families. In fact, the majority of children who develop asthma do so before the age of five.
- Cough is most often worse at night.
- Wheezing. It is a whistling sound when you breathe.
- Shortness of breath. A feeling of breathlessness.
- Nasal flaring
- Rapid pulse
- In severe cases bluish discoloration of lips/face
- Retractions of intercostal spaces
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