What is asthma?
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed and swollen. The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. Also, there is tightening of the muscles surrounding the airways (bronchospasm). Asthma is
- Reversible, but not curable
- Episodic - people are mostly healthy between bouts if asthma is controlled
- Often accompanied by sinus or allergy symptoms
- Often seasonal, depending on triggers
What does asthma control mean for you?
Although asthma cannot be cured, most people with asthma can control it. If your asthma is not well controlled, you are likely to have symptoms that can make you miss work or school and keep you from doing things you enjoy. Asthma is one of the leading causes of children missing school.
Asthma control means that you can enjoy a better quality of life including:
- Having minimal or no limitations on daily activities (work, school, home, recreation)
- Having fewer and less severe symptoms
- Understanding and avoiding exposure to asthma triggers
- Limiting the impact of attacks when they occur