21 doctors weighed in:
What is asthma?
21 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
12 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Syndrome
Asthma is not one disease, but a collection of symptoms and problems that we treat similarly.
The main problem in asthma is inflammation (swelling) in the small air conducting units in the lung combined with spasm of those airways. The problems is thought to mostly be caused by allergens in the air - but this may not always be true.

In brief: Syndrome
Asthma is not one disease, but a collection of symptoms and problems that we treat similarly.
The main problem in asthma is inflammation (swelling) in the small air conducting units in the lung combined with spasm of those airways. The problems is thought to mostly be caused by allergens in the air - but this may not always be true.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. John McMahan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Asthma
Asthma is a general description meaning you wheeze easily or frequently.
There are contributing factors: allergy, sinus infections and reflux disorders are the most common. Asthma is often treated as an isolated lung condition... as if the wheezing is the disease when it's often only the symptom of other underlying issues. If the factors are controlled the "asthma" can become a non-issue.

In brief: Asthma
Asthma is a general description meaning you wheeze easily or frequently.
There are contributing factors: allergy, sinus infections and reflux disorders are the most common. Asthma is often treated as an isolated lung condition... as if the wheezing is the disease when it's often only the symptom of other underlying issues. If the factors are controlled the "asthma" can become a non-issue.
Dr. John McMahan
Dr. John McMahan
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Dr. Manav Singla
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Manav Singla
Dr. Manav Singla
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Dr. Boris Ripa
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Chronic disease
Of bronchi characterized by constriction, iflamation and increased sputum production.

In brief: Chronic disease
Of bronchi characterized by constriction, iflamation and increased sputum production.
Dr. Boris Ripa
Dr. Boris Ripa
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Dr. Michael Rupp
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Lung Inflammation
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lungs that leads to narrowing of the airways and increased reactivity of the airways causing spasms of the muscles in the airway walls which makes you feel short of breath.
It is usually caused by allergies, but can be caused by infections, chemical exposures, and many other things. IT can sometimes be cured with allergy shots aka immunotherapy.

In brief: Lung Inflammation
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the lungs that leads to narrowing of the airways and increased reactivity of the airways causing spasms of the muscles in the airway walls which makes you feel short of breath.
It is usually caused by allergies, but can be caused by infections, chemical exposures, and many other things. IT can sometimes be cured with allergy shots aka immunotherapy.
Dr. Michael Rupp
Dr. Michael Rupp
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