Understanding Asthma

Posted on Nov 3rd 2016 by Florida Blue

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Understanding Asthma

According to the American Lung Association more than 24 million Americans are affected by asthma. If you suffer with asthma, you know how scary it can be to experience an attack. While there is no cure, there are many things you can do to limit the effect it has on your daily life. Understanding how asthma works can help you avoid triggers, prevent symptoms and respond properly to an attack. 

Sensitive airways

People with asthma are more affected by dust and pollen. The first step to preventing an attack is figuring out what trigger causes an asthma reaction.

Trouble breathing

During normal breathing, air travels in an open and clear path because the muscles are relaxed. However, during an asthma attack the muscles around the airway become tight which makes it harder for air to flow in and out. This can cause shortness of breath or a whistling or wheezing sound when breathing.


Over time this swelling and redness in the air passages can cause damage to the lungs. Reducing the long-term effects is critical.

Make a note of your symptoms and triggers. Work closely with your doctor to develop a plan and stick with it so you can limit the effect asthma has on your daily living.


To find out more, visit the American Lung Association at lung.org.

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