Asthma is a condition that affects your lungs. It’s a prevalent long-term disease among children, but adults can suffer from it too. Hereditary, environmental, and work-related factors are some common asthma triggers. Here is what you need to know about asthma.
Asthma, or Bronchial Asthma, is a chronic respiratory condition where the airways in the lungs are inflamed and narrowed, causing breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Symptoms can occur as recurrent episodes called asthmatic attacks.
There are two main types of asthma:
When your asthma symptoms worsen, the condition is known as an exacerbation or an asthma attack. Doctors may perform breathing tests (PFTs) to get an accurate reading and confirm possible symptoms. The common symptoms of asthma vary from person to person but include:
Signs that your asthma is probably worsening include:
Patients may not always experience these specific asthma symptoms. Contact your doctor if you think that you are experiencing asthma symptoms or if your symptoms are worsening.
Certain known asthma causes include:
Your doctor will evaluate your health history and conduct a physical test and breathing tests to assess your condition. It is typically detected in childhood, and asthma can persist over someone’s lifetime.
People who have asthma should follow these recommendations:
If you have asthma or have any questions related to it, visit us at MI Express Care! We can help you manage your asthma.
Dr. Umayr Azimi, a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, is the Medical Director of MI Express Urgent Care and MI Express Primary Care in Canton, Michigan. He is a board-certified physician with advanced training in a wide range of non-life-threatening medical conditions. He believes that every visit is unique and treats every patient as an individual to ensure that all of his patients get the best treatment.