Asthma can develop at any age and may present in many ways: chest tightness, wheezing, coughing, recurrent bronchitis, trouble breathing with exercise, and pneumonia serving as prime examples. Environmental allergens are common but not universal triggers and are often only fully appreciated when allergy testing is completed. Treatment consists of avoiding triggers if possible and use of appropriate medication. Allergy shots are indicated in some cases.
Asthma is a condition that causes episodes of decreased airflow within the lungs. Asthma is very common, affecting more than 22 million people in the United States, including almost 7 million children.
Sometimes a cough that won’t go away is the only symptom. Asthma symptoms often happen at night and in the morning, but they can happen any time.
If your asthma is in control, you can expect to:
- Be active, even play sports
- Sleep through the night
- Avoid emergency room visits or hospital stays
- Prevent almost all asthma attacks
- Reduce your need for quick-relief medicines
- Continue normal activities