What is Asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory condition in which a person’s airways are constantly inflamed. Asthma can occur at any age and is usually caused by an allergic reaction.Sometimes an asthmatic’s airways can become even further inflamed. This results in the airways narrowing and producing excess mucus, making it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs. These flare-ups (a.k.a. an asthma attack) can lead to wheezing, chest pain, cough, and shortness of breath. Wheezing, a scratchy or whistling sound when you breathe, is the most common symptom.
What Triggers Asthma?
Asthma symptoms, also called asthma attacks, are often triggered after exposure to allergens, including pollen, mold or pet dander. Other asthmatic triggers include air pollution, smoke, intense exercise, or stress.