What Is Asthma?

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the lungs. Asthma occurs when a person’s airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus, which can make it very difficult to breathe.

What we need to understand is this: the lungs fill with mucous, the bronchial tubes (or the airways of your throat) can close down. It can be very scary for the person dealing with it. In rare instances, a person can die in the middle of an asthma attack. It is a condition that needs to be addressed and treated and not ignored.

Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma attacks can happen to kids very young in life or it can occur in adults later in life. Symptoms may occasionally flare up and cause difficulty breathing, cough, chest pains and wheezing. Below are a few common symptoms of asthma:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Cough (dry or with phlegm, mild or severe) occurring at night or during exercise
  • Wheezing
  • Fast Breathing
  • Shortness of breath at night
  • Frequent respiratory infections
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Dr. Goodbinder

Jay Goodbinder PSc. D is a doctor in Overland Park, KS who serves patients in surrounding Kansas City areas, cities across the United States, and in several countries around the world.