Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in the lungs. If a person has asthma, the walls of the airways are swollen and inflamed. This inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they may react to things that they find irritating. As the symptoms worsen, it becomes an asthma attack.
An asthma attack is caused by the tightening of muscles around the airways in the lungs. These airways become even more irritated and swollen than usual and the cells in these airways begin producing thicker mucus. This inflammation and extra mucus reduces the amount of air that a person can breathe in and out. In a severe asthma attack, the airways can close so much that vital organs can’t get as much oxygen as they need.
Symptoms can vary in their severity. One time the symptoms may be very mild and the next time they may be so serious they become life threatening.
Asthma attacks can be caused by a variety of irritants such as smoke, pet dander, pollen, mold, cleaning products, dust mites, exercise, air pollution and weather. Our allergy and asthma physician can help you identify your asthma triggers and help patients reduce their symptoms and attacks.
If you suffer from asthma, you’re not alone! More than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with it. It affects people of all ages and usually appears in childhood. It is more common in boys than in girls, but more adult women have it than adult men. Although there’s no way to predict who will develop asthma, there are some factors that may increase your chances:
Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be controlled with medication. There are two types of asthma medications: quick-relief and long-term control. Quick-relief medication is taken at the first signs of asthma symptoms. You will feel the effects of these medicines within minutes