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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Definition...: Asthma is a disease of the airways characterized by recurrent acute exacerbations of bronchospasm and airway inflammation. Between exacerbations, most asthmatics have no symptoms. There is no cure but there are effective treatments. ...Read more

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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway Obstruction: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that causes wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath due to airway obstruction. The symptoms are usually episodic, but can be present on a daily basis. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Chronic disease: It is chronic inflammatory disease of the airways with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. This is related narrowed airways from inflammatory changes of the airway walls and spasm of the muscle in the airways (bronchospasm). ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

A condition: A condition based on inflammation of the airways that causes increased secretions, cough and difficulty breathing ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Airway inflammation: Main components of asthma are inflammation and constriction of small airways, making more difficult to breathe. When exposed to virus or allergen, wheezing can occur. The more severe inflammation and constriction, the worse the asthmatic attack. Cells in the airways might make more mucus than usual plugging up airways. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Asthma: Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs that can cause constriction of the airways and causes shortness of breath, cough and wheezing and is usually treated with bronchodilators and antiinflammatory inhalers, and sometimes other medications are indicated depending on the severity of the disease. A pulmonologist or allergist can diagnose and treat it. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

Chronic disease: Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by sudden recurring attacks of wheezing, coughing and sometimes labored breathing. It is characterized by contraction of the muscular walls of the bronchial tubes and inflamation. If left untreated can cause significant respiratory distress and death. ...Read more

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What is asthma?

What is asthma?

InflammatoryDisease: Asthma is a chronic Inflamatory Disease of the Airway and causes recurrent symptoms and airflow obstruction and reversible airflow obstruction and Bonchospasm It can present as cough, wheezing and Shortness of Breath ...Read more

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What causes asthma?

What causes asthma?

Also infection: While 80% of asthma patients have allergies, there are patients whose asthma starts after they had a respiratory infection. Those infections can be due to viruses such as influenza (the real flu) or certain bacteria such as mycoplasma or chlamydia. Such patients are usually older and have no history of allergy. Still, patients who already have asthma and get infected, their asthma will get worse. ...Read more

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How asthma happens?

How asthma happens?

Inflammation: There are many causes of asthma, allergies and pollution and reactions to infections are just a few. Inflammation builds up in the airways and so does tightening of the muscles in their walls and then asthma is triggered by certain factors and mucus can plug the airways in severe cases. ...Read more

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Hi what is asthma?

Hi what is asthma?

InflammatoryDisease: Asthma is a chronic Inflamatory Disease of the Airway and causes recurrent symptoms and airflow obstruction and reversible airflow obstruction and Bonchospasm It can present as cough, wheezing and Shortness of Breath ...Read more

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How to cure asthma?

How to cure asthma?

You don't: Asthma is a chronic condition of increased small airway reactions. There are genetic and environmental factors that persist throughout life, usually becoming evident in childhood. One learns to live with their asthma & present medications offer a near normal existence to most. There is no cure, there are programs that promote stability & reduced flare ups through early recognition of problems. ...Read more

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Can asthma be cured?

Can asthma be cured?

Controlled: Asthma is a chronic disease and the aim is to control the symptoms. It is not "cured" but as it is controlled symptoms become less frequent. Always look for triggers in the environment and I your home, as well as seasonal allergic triggers. Infections, scents, changes in weather can all trigger symptoms. Learn about your meds and always follow your action plan. ...Read more

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What causes. Asthma?

What causes. Asthma?

Genetics/external fr: There is ample evidence that true asthma is genetically linked to the issues of allergy & eczema & frequency is higher when one or both parents are affected. Lower respiratory tract viruses often trigger both infectious wheezing & that of true asthma early on with infectious wheezing subsiding after 3-4y. Allergies often co-exist but less than 5% of events are allergy driven alone. ...Read more

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How can asthma form?

How can asthma form?

Difficult to answer: Most asthma that starts in childhood can be linked to allergies. As we mature, other "triggers" may come into play such as occupational triggers (dust from manufacturing or fumes), pollution, etc. Though it sometimes can be difficult to put a finger on the cause, the treatments are usually the same- rescue inhalers and controllers (if necessary). Getting tested is always the best thing to do. ...Read more

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How do I treat asthma?

How do I treat asthma?

Reliever/Preventer: This is a big topic. Most people only get symptoms every now and again (e.g. when they get a cold or exposed to dust) and their asthma will respond to a reliever like salbutamol (ventolin). Others get regular symptoms that require a preventer (there are various inhalers but most contain a low dose steroid). Have a look at this http://www. Asthma. Org. Nz/resources/ ...Read more

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How can I treat asthma?

How can I treat asthma?

Asthma: See an asthma specialist to get a regimen specifically designed for you. Every asthmatic is a different individual with individual medication needs. ...Read more

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How does asthma spread?

Many causes 4 asthma: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways caused by both inherited and environmental factors. It doesn't spread like infections but develops in patients when inflammation leads to spasm of muscles around the windpipe and the airways become hypersensitive. Many factors trigger asthma, including allergies, respiratory infections, weather changes, irritants, exercise, and acid reflux. ...Read more

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Is asthma communicable?

Is asthma communicable?

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. ...Read more

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