What is Asthma?
Asthma is a disorder of breathing that affects adults and children. It is due to the inability to get air out of the lungs.
What causes Asthma?
There is a strong genetic component to Asthma. The biggest components are airway inflammation and airways that are too reactive. It is also associated with allergic conditions such as seasonal allergies and eczema.
How is Asthma diagnosed?
It is ideally diagnosed with lung function testing. Testing is difficult in children so the diagnosis is made usually based on symptoms.
Asthma Signs and Symptoms
- Shortness of Breath
- Difficulty breathing
- Inhaled lung dilating medications including albuterol
- Inhaled steroids
- Oral steroid medications
What are the types of Asthma?
There are many types of Asthma. Some types include Allergic Asthma, Exercise induced Asthma, and Occupational
What makes asthma worse?
Many things can makes asthma worse. Things in the environment like smoke or pollen can make asthma worse. Infections such as pneumonia and viral infections can exacerbate asthma as well.
Is asthma curable?
There is no cure for asthma. Proper medications can control the symptoms. Some children’s symptom improve to needing no treatment in adulthood.
Can you die from asthma?
Yes, asthma is very serious and can lead to severe complications including death.
Is there a blood test for asthma?
No, diagnosis is made by symptoms and lung testing.