Asthma is a chronic disease that affects people of all ages but is most common in childhood. It affects the lungs causing frequent episodes of coughing, chest tightness, and breathing difficulty, usually, after exposure to a trigger since the airways are more sensitive.
Symptoms may include:
The symptoms are similar to those of many other diseases, however you are more likely to develop asthma if you have any of the following:
Asthma attacks cause symptoms to worsen and might include:
Your doctor will diagnose and evaluate the condition through:
Asking you about:
Common triggers include:
Luckily, knowing your trigger will help you control the symptoms.
Although there is no cure yet, following your doctor’s instructions and adhering to the prescribed medications helps in controlling the symptoms and reducing their impact on your life and daily activities.
Treatment can include:
Short-acting inhaler used when having asthma attacks
Long-acting inhalers, used to prevent asthma symptoms
Some people may need to take tablets