What is asthma

This article was formed to educate the public about asthma and it's symptoms. Asthma is a serious disease that affects more than 20 million Americans and it kills more than 5000 people per year. There is new research that indiciates that dust mites might possibly be a trigger for asthma in some children.

Asthma is a disease that affects the respiratory system which causes a person's airways narrow often in response to stimuli such as allergens, exercise, emotional stress, or even cold air.


A person experiencing an asthma attack may begin wheezing, coughing, having chest tightness, and shortness of breath . People with asthma may not have all of the symptoms described above, but they may have a combination of one or two different symptoms at different times. An asthma attack varies in severity, because some attacks may be moderate; other asthma attacks may be serious which requires the attention of a medical professional. While currently, there is no cure for asthma, early diagnosis is always helpful in treating asthma.


Scientists know that asthma may be heriditary which increases a person's risk factor for developing the diesease. Research also suggests that dust mite allergen can cause asthma in children near the start of their life.

Diagnosing asthma is rather difficult, but it can be done through a doctor interviewing the patient in conjunction with medical tests. The health care provider will ask about your family members history of allergies, asthma, and other breathing problems. Doctors also have at their disposal the spirometer, a device that measures the largest amount of air you can exhale after taking a deep breathe. In a lot of cases, a doctor can diagnose asthma based on a patient's past clinical history.


Effective treatment of asthma can allow people to lead more normal lives to the point where they can sleep better, enjoy physical activity, and be more productive at work or school. The mainstream treatments for asthma come in the form of prescription medications which can be inhaled or taken as a pill. The prescribed asthma medications, currently available, do not cure asthma, but rather relieve the symptoms associated with the disease. The most effective treatment, which you can give yourself, is limiting the amount of stimuli you're exposed to which causes asthma attacks. You can limit the amount of stimuli you're exposed to by by removing environmental asthma triggers such as dust mites, smoke, cockroaches, pets, and mold from your home.