Asthma is a chronic disease that involves lung inflammation and narrowing of airways which may make it difficult to breathe.
Symptoms may include:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
The best way to treat asthma is to identify the triggers that are causing symptoms, take preventive/controller medications as prescribed and use rescue medicines when needed.
Common triggers for asthma include:
- Dust mites
- Cigarette smoke
- Cold temperatures
- Viruses or common colds
- Exercise and emotions may also effect asthma
Everyone with asthma should have an asthma action plan and have regular follow up care. A peak flow meter can provide immediate feedback and guide treatment. If you are using a rescue inhaler more than twice a week you should see your provider to discuss the use of a controller medication.