What is asthma? Asthma is a long term lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It may cause recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Asthma affects people of all ages but it most often starts during childhood. Treating symptoms when first noticed are important. This helps prevent the symptoms from worsening and causing a severe asthma attack.
While asthma has no cure, with today’s knowledge and treatments, most people who have asthma are able to manage the disease, living normal active lives. This requires taking an active role in managing the disease and creating a strong partnership with a physician, such as a board certified allergy specialist.