Asthma is a silent disorder, more common and prevalent than many imagine, often going undiagnosed for years. Asthma can affect any age, any race or gender, and doesn't play favorites on who, or when, it strikes. Asthma is caused by inflamed airways, lessening and blocking the intake of oxygen. The causes of these attacks are referred to as asthma triggers, and vary from person to person. Common triggers can include tobacco smoke, stress and strong emotions, infections of the respiratory system, animals, dust, changes in the weather, exercise, mold, and, most commonly, pollen.
The symptoms of asthma vary from mild to severe, with the most
Treatment for asthma consists of eliminating the triggers that can cause attacks. Medications to reduce swelling in the lungs and lessen the severity of asthma are available, usually administered through and an inhaler or orally. Also, there is quick relief drugs that can be used for times of sudden attack. While there is no cure for asthma, the triggers can be identified and the symptoms treated, lessening the impact of asthma on your life. With treatment those with asthma can lead normal lives and overcome the symptoms of asthma. Take our quiz below and see if you should be concerned about asthma.