ASTHMA

WHAT IS ASTHMA?

Asthma is a condition in the lungs where there is inflammation of the bronchi.  Bronchi are also called breathing tubes or airways.  The inflammation causes the symptoms of shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, coughing and production of mucus or sputum. 

 

Each person has his or her symptoms and these can change over time.

 

In many people, the bronchi can be very sensitive to substances or events called triggers. The bronchi swell and produce mucus. At the same time, the muscles in the walls of the bronchi tighten.  This makes it harder to breathe. 

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HOW IS ASTHMA CONTROLLED?

Asthma is controlled by:

  •  Avoiding triggers

  • Using controller medications

  • Taking asthma medication appropriately

Allergy Immunotherapy is an effective way to decrease steroid use, and improve asthma control.