See us if you have any of these asthma symptoms:
tightness in chest, shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing
PAR lung expert Dr. Adam Kaiser explains asthma and how it affects your lungs and airways.
Asthma is a chronic (as opposed to temporary) condition caused by swollen or inflamed airways in your lungs. This swelling makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs, especially when you’re exposed to an asthma “trigger”. A common cold can be an asthma trigger; so can things in the environment including dust, chemicals, smoke, and pet dander. When one of these triggers causes an Asthma “attack”, the following can happen:
- Airway swelling increases
- Muscles tighten around the airway
- Your body produces mucus that further clogs your airway
Read more about Asthma triggers here. (anchor link to trigger section).
Asthma can start at any age and can come back later in life. Untreated Asthma can cause irreversible damage to the lungs
Because everyone’s Asthma is different, your doctor will create a personalized Treatment Plan that includes lifestyle suggestions, medicines, and specific steps to take when you experience various symptoms.