Asthma is a chronic disease that affects about 20 million Americans. Its primary cause is inflamed airways in the lungs. This inflammation makes the airways smaller, which makes it more difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. Asthma is the most common serious disease among children. Nine million children in the United States have asthma. If you think you have asthma, you should talk to an allergist/immunologist - a doctor with special training to manage allergies and asthma. An allergist can help you develop a treatment plan. For Asthma Screening - Click on this link.
Signs that you might have asthma include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Many people have "allergic asthma," which means that allergens - like dust mites, mold, animal dander, pollen and cockroaches - make their symptoms worse.
- Other factors that can affect adult asthma include:
- Pregnancy: Uncontrolled asthma can harm the health of a mother and her baby.
- Work situations: Fumes, gases or dust that are inhaled at work can trigger asthma.
- Age: Older people with asthma face unique health challenges.
- Exercise: Some people may have asthma symptoms when they exercise.
- Medications: Medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, or beta-blockers (used to treat heart disease, high blood pressure, migraine headaches or glaucoma), may cause an asthma attack in some adults.
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Testing patient for severity of asthma symptoms
Patient using an inhaler for relief from asthma symptoms