What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic, or life long, disease that can be serious—even life threatening. There is no cure for asthma. The good news is that it can be managed so you can live a normal, healthy life. The more you can learn about asthma, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this disease, making the most of every day, and maintaining the quality of life that is important to you.
Asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs. There are three things that you should know about asthma:
1. Asthma is chronic. In other words, you live with it every day.
2. It can be serious – even life threatening.
3. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed so you live a normal, healthy life.
In the inflamed airway on the right, the airway is swollen which makes it narrower, muscles tighten, and thick mucus develops. This makes it harder to breathe and causes the coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness.
Sources: CDC, National Institutes of Health-National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, American Lung Association
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