Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways causing wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Because asthma often changes over time, it's important that you work with your doctor to track you symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.
Asthma symptoms range from minor to severe and vary from person to person. Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:
- Coughing. Coughing from asthma often is worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard to sleep.
- Wheezing. Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound that occurs when you breathe.
- Chest tightness. This may feel like something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
- Shortness of breath. Some people who have asthma say they can't catch their breath or they feel out of breath. You may feel like you can't get air out of your lungs.
Many things can trigger asthma or worsen your symptoms. Your doctor can help you figure out what things may cause your asthma to flare up and how to avoid or lessen your exposure to them.
Asthma Triggers can include:
- Airborne allergens such as pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches and dust mites
- Allergic reactions to some foods such as peanuts or shellfish
- Respiratory infections such as the common cold
- Physical activity (exercise inducted asthma)
- Cold air
- Air pollutants and irritants, such as cigarette smoke, chemicals, dust and sprays (such as hairspray)
There are two basic kinds of medication for treating asthma:
- Control drugs to prevent attacks
- Quick-relief drugs for use during attacks
It is important that you understand the difference between the two types of drugs and when to use them. Talk to your doctor or Judy O'Meara if you have any questions.
How your benefits can work for you:
- Your asthma supplies delivered to your door
- Access to an asthma specialist without a referral
- Free nutritional counseling visits, up to 6 per year. No referral needed
For more information on asthma click on the links below. These websites contain important information to help you better understand and treat your asthma.
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