Asthma is a chronic, or long-term, disease that inflames and narrows the airways of your lungs.
Asthma causes a variety of symptoms that can worsen at any time, making breathing difficult. Asthma is a disease that cannot be cured, but it can be managed. Some days you won't feel any asthma symptoms, but this doesn’t mean your asthma has gone away.
Asthma doesn't have to slow you down. There are things you can do to control your asthma.
Together, the airway constriction and inflammation caused by asthma can result in common asthma symptoms that you may experience from time to time: wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath.
Each person may experience different asthma symptoms at different times. Asthma symptoms can also become more or less severe over time. Learn to identify your asthma symptoms and severity, and talk to your healthcare provider about them. You can work together on an asthma action plan that may help you control them.
No. Asthma is not contagious.
No, asthma cannot be cured. Asthma is a chronic disease in the airways of your lungs. You may need to monitor your asthma symptoms every day because the disease is always with you.
Most people who have asthma should be able to participate in any physical activity they like without having asthma symptoms. You can control your asthma and live an active life. Talk with your doctor about things you can do to manage your asthma when playing sports. Don't forget to keep your Asthma Action Plan up-to-date, so that you know what to do in case of an emergency.
Yes, it is worth it to try to avoid asthma triggers. Avoiding asthma triggers and recognizing when they make your symptoms worse are important to help you manage your asthma.