Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow due to increase secretion of mucous. This cause a sudden attack of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
For some people, asthma is a minor medical issue. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
Asthma is a chronic condition. It may not be cured, but symptoms could be controlled with medications and avoiding risks factors that can trigger an acute attack.


Some patients are more susceptible to develop Asthma than other because of environmental and genetic factors.

Predisposing factors

Exposure to various irritants and substances that trigger allergies (allergens) can trigger asthma attacks. This include:
Suffice to say that triggering factors may vary from one person to another.

Risk factors

Several factors are thought to increase your chances of developing asthma. These include:


Asthma symptoms can differ from person to person. Attacks may be infrequent, or they occur only at certain times — such as when exercising — or have symptoms all the time.
Asthma signs and symptoms include:
Signs that your asthma is probably worsening include:

When to see a doctor

Seek emergency treatment

Severe asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Signs of an asthma emergency include:

Asthma Management Plan

The better informed you are about your condition, the better control you will have over your asthma symptoms. To assist, you and your allergist will develop a personalized management plan. This plan includes:
Together, you and your allergist can work to ensure that asthma interferes with your daily life as little as possible.?

Asthma Medications

Asthma is a chronic disease, so it requires ongoing management. This includes using proper medications to prevent and control symptoms and to reduce airway inflammation.
There are two general classes of asthma medications, quick-relief and long-term controller medications. Your allergist may recommend one or a combination of two or more of these medications.
Quick-relief medications?such as beta-agonists inhalers or nybulizers are bronchodilators used to provide temporary relief of symptoms and, at times, used before exercise. Another type of medicine called an anticholinergic may be used at times.
Long-term controller medications?such as inhaled corticosteroid and leukotriene modifiers are important for many people with asthma, and are taken on a daily basis to control airway inflammation.
Inhaled long-acting beta-agonists are symptom controllers that open your airways.
Current recommendations are for them to be used only along with inhaled corticosteroids.
Methylxanthines can help open the airways and may have a mild anti-inflammatory effect. Theophylline is the most frequently used methylxanthine. Blood levels of theophylline need to be monitored.
Omalizumab is an injectable drug that helps reduce allergic inflammation. It is used in certain patients with severe persistent allergic asthma.
Bronchial Thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure that reduces the smooth muscle around the airways. It may be considered in patients with severe asthma.


While there's no way to prevent asthma, by working together, you and your doctor can design a step-by-step plan for living with your condition and preventing asthma attacks.

Next steps

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