Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen) after reacting strongly to things that you are allergic to or you body finds irritating.
Asthma’s airway inflammation means less air flows into your lung tissue causing you to:
Bottom line is that during a wheeze asthma attack you will have trouble breathing.
Some asthma coughing, wheezing, chest tightness attacks may be worse than others. In a severe asthma attack, the airways can close so much that not enough oxygen gets to vital organs. This situation is a medical emergency. People do die from severe asthma attacks.
Asthma cannot be cured, but you can take control of it so that you have fewer and more infrequent symptoms in an effort to live a relatively healthy, active life.
The causes of an asthma attack vary from person to person. However, the more common causes include:
Taking care of your asthma is an important part of your life.
Asthma treatment is by means of controlling it by:
- taking medicines as directed by your doctor
- staying away from things that bother your airways
- monitoring it so you can respond quickly to signs of an attack
By controlling your asthma every day, you can prevent serious symptoms and take part in life’s healthy activities.