Asthma is a breathing condition that causes the airways to narrow and swell, producing extra mucus in the chest. This blockage will make breathing extremely difficult and it can trigger coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Some people will experience asthma as only a small nuisance. For others, it can be a more troublesome problem that interferes with daily activities and can even lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for asthma, but the symptoms can be controlled to reduce the effects on day-to-day activities. Because asthma can change over time, the best way to keep treatment at its most effective is to work with your doctor to keep track of developing signs and symptoms. Asthma symptoms will vary from person to person. It is possible to have infrequent asthma attacks, have symptoms only at certain times, or have symptoms that are persistent all the time. Some of these symptoms include:
For some people, asthma signs and symptoms will flare up in certain situations such as:
If an asthma attack gets severe enough it can become life-threatening, especially for young children. Signs that your child’s asthma is getting worse includes:
Work with your doctor to create an action plan against your asthma that best addresses your child’s signs and symptoms, what to do when symptoms worsen, and when you might need emergency treatment.
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