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Asthma is a chronic disease that involves lung inflammation and narrowing of airways which may make it difficult to breathe.

Symptoms may include:

  • Cough
  • Wheezing
  • 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
  • Molds
  • Pollens
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Ozone
  • Chemicals
  • Perfumes
  • 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.