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About 17 million people in the U.S. have asthma. Asthma occurs when the airways in your lungs (bronchial tubes) become inflamed and constricted. Asthma signs and symptoms include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing or a wheezing sound when exhaling.

Symptoms can range from minor wheezing to life-threatening asthma attacks. Between episodes you may feel normal, with little or no trouble breathing. At other times, coughing and wheezing may be present all the time, especially at night.

Asthma can be triggered by a reaction to allergens, including pollens, dust mites, animal danders and/or mold. Irritants like smoke or cold air, exercise, stress or infectious episodes can also trigger asthma.

Asthma cannot be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Management starts with avoiding asthma triggers. You may need to take long-term control medications on a daily basis to prevent asthma flare-ups, and short-term "rescue" medications to control symptoms when they develop. Airway inflammation may persist, even though you might feel free of symptoms. Asthma that is not well controlled can result in missed school, work or reduced productivity due to symptoms.

At Allergy & Asthma, PC, we can identify your allergic asthma triggers. We can monitor your asthma with simple breathing tests, which can help to improve your lung function. By preparing an effective treatment plan that is appropriate for you, your asthma symptoms can be minimized. This will improve your ability to exercise and help you feel better fast.