What is Asthma?

Asthma (from the Greek ἅσθμα, ásthma, "panting") is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterized by variable and recurring symptoms, reversible airflow obstruction and bronchospasm. Common symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.

Asthma is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Asthma may also be classified as atopic (extrinsic) or non-atopic (intrinsic) where atopy refers to a predisposition toward developing type 1 hypersensitivity reactions.

Treatment of acute symptoms is usually with an inhaled short-acting beta-2 agonist (such as salbutamol) and oral corticosteroids. and it caused 250,000 deaths.

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I have had asthma most of my life and am now in my adult years (69). My asthma is triggered by changes in the atmospheric pressure. We have...

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You are taking ADVAIR i.e. fluticasone+ salmeterole , no doubt this is a good drug for the treatment for asthma .
When patient with these...

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my 7 year old daughter has asthma as diagnosed by the doctors for the last 4 years and she has been given steroids in the past for her treatment...

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Your daughter is suffering from asthma and steroids is the mainstay of treatment for asthma. For better control of symptoms, give her long acting...

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I'm 26 y/o. I was diagnosed with asthma about four years ago. I developed asthma right after I stoped...

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Hello ,
Its been 4 years that you have been diagnosed with asthma, for which you taking meds already, we need to consider few points first:
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