Asthma

Asthma is a medical condition in which airways narrow, swell, and produce extra mucus, making it hard to breathe. Many people who suffer from asthma have a sudden worsening of their symptoms, known as an “asthma attack.” Although asthma can’t be cured, its symptoms can be controlled with medications and by avoiding asthma triggers.

Symptoms:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • A whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out
  • Chest congestion and tightness

Treatment:

  • Lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Quick-relief medications, such as bronchodilator inhalers
  • Controller medications, such as steroid inhalers

Triggers:

  • Dust mites
  • Smoke
  • Cockroaches
  • Pets
  • Mold
  • Stress
  • Infections, such as the flu or a cold

If you or a family member are experiencing asthma symptoms, talk to your provider. For more asthma information, including helpful videos, click here.

Asthma Resources

Centers for Disease Control Asthma Guide

Asthma Resources from the New York State Department of Health

Asthma Basics from the American Lung Association

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