Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the
airways to the lungs. It makes breathing difficult and can make some physical
activities difficult or even impossible. Asthma symptoms, which include coughing, wheezing,
and chest tightness, are common in an asthma attack. Sometimes asthma is called bronchial asthma or reactive
airway disease. Asthma can be controlled with proper treatment.
Types of Asthma Include:
Worsening of asthma at night is very common and treatment of underlying causes can help greatly. As with exercise, when asthma is a problem at night, it usually means that the inflammation in the airways is worse.
Workplace exposure to certain chemicals or dusts can induce asthma. These exposures can cause an allergic type of reaction or be an irritant to the airways. Quick recognition and control of workplace exposures is important.
Allergies can make asthma symptoms worse. So it is best to avoid the things to which you are allergic.
Exercise commonly makes asthma symptoms worse. With treatment and monitoring, people with exercise-induced asthma can continue to participate in physical activities. The more inflamed the airways are, the less exercise it takes to cause symptoms.
Asthma (Severe Asthma)
While the majority of patients respond to regular inhaled glucocorticoid (steroid) therapy, some people are steroid resistant. These people do not respond to steroids at normal doses. Speak with your healthcare provider about an action plan for working with this type of asthma.
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