Asthma Information

Asthma Article

Asthma affected nearly 10% of all U.S. children in 2010. Maybe you are one of those affected. Symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, frequent coughing or wheezing, and chest tightness.

What is Asthma? Asthma is a lifelong, or chronic, lung disease that makes your lungs more sensitive than other people's. This condition is with you every day, even if you don't have symptoms.

Sensitive airways can react to different things. Those things are called triggers. Once your asthma is “triggered,” the lining of the airways gets inflamed or swollen and the muscles around the airways tighten, making breathing difficult.

An asthma "attack" is a time of increased asthma symptoms. The symptoms can be mild or severe. Anyone can have a severe attack, even a person with mild asthma. The attack can start suddenly or slowly. Sometimes a mild attack will seem to go away, but will come back a few hours later. This second attack may be much worse than the first.

What should you do during an asthma attack? Follow your Asthma Action Plan! Having a plan written down that tells you how to handle any asthma symptoms can be a big relief. If you don’t have one, talk to your doctor and get one!

With proper treatment for your asthma, you should be able to stay active, sleep well at night, reduce of event prevent asthma symptoms, not miss out on school, and avoid the need for emergency visits to the hospital.