What is Asthma?
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Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways, making it difficult to breathe. It is a common condition that affects people of all ages, with symptoms that can vary in severity. Asthma is typically triggered by certain environmental factors or substances, known as triggers, that prompt the airways to become inflamed and constricted.
The hallmark symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and respiratory discomfort. These symptoms can be intermittent, with periods of normal breathing alternating with asthma attacks, or they can be persistent, affecting daily activities and quality of life. Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe, and they can be triggered by various factors such as allergens (pollen, dust mites), irritants (tobacco smoke, air pollution), exercise, respiratory infections, or stress.
SYMPTOMS of asthma
If you have asthma, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Coughing, especially at night or early morning
- Wheezing or whistling sound when breathing
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness or discomfort
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Fatigue or low energy levels during periods of asthma exacerbation