Asthma at a Glance

What is asthma? Asthma is a disease of the airways, the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs
Symptoms include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath
Most people with asthma only get symptoms when they inhale a trigger that irritates their airways, exercise without the right preparation, or catch a cold
There is no gold standardrsquo; for the diagnosis of asthma ndash; doctors will consider the symptom pattern and any other health issues, do a chest exam and often conduct a breathing test (called spirometry)
Asthma tends to run in families, so doctors will also ask about family members with asthma

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