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what is asthma?

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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Asthma: It is characterized by narrowing of the airways (breathing tubes) in the lungs. This narrowing is partially or completely reversible. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. These symptoms tend to come and go, and are related to the degree of airway narrowing in the lungs. The airways are sensitive to a variety of stimuli, which may include viral illnesses (eg, the common cold), allergens, exercise, medicines, or environmental conditions.
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Breathing problem: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/a/asthma/ You may find this link useful. Asthma is where the tubes going to your lungs get narrow, often in reaction to something. There are medicines that can help reduce and control this reaction.
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Asthma: as the others have said is inflammation of the large breathing tubes (airways). It can be treated with medications and where triggers are known (not always) sometimes these can be avoided. Most GPs are familiar with the range of asthma treatments if this is required for you. Here is some general information developed from a Waikato perspective for you: http://www.asthmawaikato.org.nz
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Asthma: Asthma is a condition that affects the smaller airways (bronchioles) of the lungs. From time to time the airways narrow (constrict) in people who have asthma.The typical symptoms are wheeze, cough, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can range from mild to severe. Treatment usually works well to ease and prevent symptoms .Treatment is usually with inhalers

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What causes asthma?

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Dr. Sean McGhee
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Genes + environment: People with asthma usually are predisposed to be allergic. This is usually inherited, and so caused by your particular genes. However, this alone is not enough. There is also clearly an effect from the environment you live in. Exactly what in the environment is responsible is unknown, but is the object of much interest and research.
A 50-year-old member asked:

Is asthma transmissible?

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Dr. Alan Goldsobel
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Not really: Asthma is not an infectious disease and so is not transmissible as such. Viral infections or colds that worsen asthma are transmissible or infectious. Asthma often may have a genetic component and so does run in families.
Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
That said, Asthma is not directly inherited. You inherit the tendency to develop allergies or other inflammatory responses, but each person will manifest this differently.
Aug 27, 2014
Dr. Corey Clay
Dr. Corey Clay commented
Allergy and Immunology 10 years experience
Dr Rupp's description of the genetic component is more accurate than mine.
Mar 9, 2015
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is asthma?

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Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Breathing problem: Asthma is a life-long breathing problem. It is caused by swelling and closing of the airways and can make it hard to breathe. You cannot see airways because they are inside the body, connected to the lungs. If your child has asthma and it’s not treated, it could limit the activities your child can participate in, as well as her ability to feel well and be alert in school.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is asthma communicable?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
No: It is not; asthma is the body's response to allergens or irritants in the air. Individual's responses to these stimuli vary widely, but they are not shared.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Can asthma return?

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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Possible: It is not unusual for a patient to have a history of asthma as a child/teen have the symptoms resolve and then return as an adult.

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