What Is Asthma?

Chronic bronchial asthma is a permanent disease of the airways and often closely associated with an allergy.

Asthma symptoms are usually incurred attention, not infrequently at night. For people with asthma, the airways are overly sensitive. For people with frequent asthma bronchial symptoms are  always easily ignited. This goes with mucosal swelling, accumulation of tough mucus and respiratory muscles becoming tense. Thus, the airways get constricted. Different influences such as a simple cold can reinforce the narrowing, which can be temporarily or permanent and is usually accompanied with the following complaints:

  • Whistling breathing;
  • Cough or irritation;
  • Tightness in the chest;
  • Shortness of breath.

Like most chronic diseases, asthma affects not only a single organ – in this case the lungs – but the whole person. When asthma attacks, for example, disrupt sleep is the companion of the night, you’re tired during the day and restless. Even the physically fit ones can suffer.

At the present moment asthma is not curable. But it is possible to use certain drugs and take precaution measures that can help taking asthma under control. Although frequently there is a difference between allergic and non-allergic asthma, all asthma symptoms are treated with the same medicines.

Asthma affects many people: about 5-10 out of 100 children (from 5 to 10 percent) and about 5 of 100 adults (5 percent) have asthmatic symptoms. Not all children with asthma complaint later for the symptoms when they become adults.

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