What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the lungs, which narrows the airways, making it more difficult for sufferers to breathe. There is no cure, but it can be managed with the right treatment and knowledge.
Understanding Airway Inflammation
Asthma Signs & Symptoms
An asthma cough is often accompanied by wheezing, is more persistent than a normal cough, can linger, and may worsen at night. Generally, an asthma cough is also a dry, unproductive cough that expels little to no phlegm or mucus.
Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound that occurs when you breathe in and out due to your airways being inflamed and narrowed.
Shortness of Breath
This is the feeling of being unable to get enough air into your lungs to breathe properly. Depending on the severity of your asthma, it can be a frequent or occasional occurrence.
It feels like your chest being squeezed or having a heavy weight placed upon it. It can also be one of the first signs of a flare up.