Shortness of breath or wheezing sounds while breathing are two common symptoms of asthma, which is a chronic condition causing inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes. Complicating allergies can make asthma worse. Asthma affects about 26 million Americans and although there is no cure for asthma, effective treatments are available.
There are two types of asthma:
- allergic – caused by some type of allergen
- non-allergic – caused by stress, exercise, illness, extreme weather or irritants in the air
Common symptoms of asthma include:
- shortness of breath
- chest tightness
Prevention of symptoms is the best course of treatment for asthma patients. Knowing the triggers for asthma reactions is important, and avoiding those whenever possible. Proper asthma management from an allergist can help reduce the number of complications, missed school or work, reduced hospital stays and more. Many people with asthma can manage the condition well and live a healthy, productive life by avoiding triggers and following their doctor’s instructions.