Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.
The main symptoms that signal an attack are as follows:
- Chest tightness,
- Coughing, and
- Difficulty speaking.
- Consult your Doctor and his or her support staff. Use the resources they can offer information, education, and expertise to help yourself.
- Become aware of your asthma triggers and do what you can to avoid them.
- Follow the treatment recommendations of your doctor. Understand your treatment. Know what each drug does and how it is used.
- See your doctor as scheduled.
- Report any changes or worsening of your symptoms promptly.
- Report any side affects you are having with your medications.