Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. It is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’.


The causes of asthma are not fully understood, although people with asthma often have a family history of asthma. Allergies and asthma often occur together, along with eczema.



Symptoms often vary from person to person, but they are most commonly:

  • Breathlessness

  • Wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe

  • Tight feeling in the chest

  • Continuing cough

  • Feelings of weakness or tiredness


While there's no way to prevent asthma but to control asthma by working together with your doctor, he/she can design a step-by-step plan for living with your condition and preventing asthma attacks.


Asthma is a long-term disease that has no cure. The goal of asthma treatment is to control the disease. Good asthma control will:

  • Prevent chronic and troublesome symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath

  • Reduce your need for quick-relief medicines

  • Help you maintain good lung function

  • Let you maintain your normal activity level and sleep through the night

  • Prevent asthma attacks that could result in an emergency room visit or hospital stay



Culled from Staywellworld blog post dated May 19, 2017.

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