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Asthma is a chronic disease involving consistent inflammation of the airways in the lungs. When triggered, airways become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways tighten. This can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.

People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma. Many people with asthma also have allergies. This is called allergic asthma.

Occupational asthma is caused by inhaling fumes, gases, dust or other potentially harmful substances while on the job.

Childhood asthma The majority of children who suffer from asthma, started before the age of five.

There is no cure for asthma, but once it is properly diagnosed and a treatment plan is in place you will be able to manage your condition, and your quality of life will improve.

An allergist / immunologist is the best qualified physician to diagnose and manage asthma. With the help of your allergist, you can take control of your condition and participate in normal activities.


The most common symptom is wheezing. This is a scratchy or whistling sound when you breathe out. Other symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness or pain
  • Chronic coughing
  • Trouble sleeping due to coughing or wheezing

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Source: aaaai.org