What exactly is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic-lung disease that makes breathing difficult, particularly during or after exercise and at certain times of year. With asthma, the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs are very sensitive to things like dust, pollen and viruses. When symptoms occur, the airways become tight because the muscles around the tubes carrying air constrict and thick mucus is produced.
When you have asthma, usually starting at a young age, you will have asthma attacks that have a series of symptoms. If your daily activities become harder to do or you have trouble sleeping due to breathing problems, you will want to talk to your doctor before they become worse and require intensive medical treatment.
- Shortness of breath
While the exact cause of asthma is unknown, there are factors that can play a role, such as frequent respiratory infections, tobacco smoke or secondhand smoke, air pollution, chemicals and irritants at work, as well as obesity.
If you have asthma, read How to Manage Your Asthma Blog Article on how you can start managing it.