Asthma is perhaps the most important allergic disease because of its impact on the quality of life for patients, and its increasing incidence in the population. In this condition, the airways are hyperactive or twitchy, and become narrow when exposed to different triggers. This leads to wheezing, shortness of breath, and sometimes coughing. The primary cause of asthma is airway inflammation from allergies, but in some individuals we cannot identify the responsible allergen. Asthma patients may be relatively symptom-free most of the time, but may have an asthma attack secondary to a trigger such as viral infection, exercise, or exposure to cold air.
- Coughing, Especially at Night
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Tightening or Pain
- Signs of Cold or Allergies
*Not everyone suffers from the same symptoms