Asthma is a condition in which the airways become swollen, causing reduced airflow to the lungs. When this happens it is hard to breathe. When symptoms are intense or additional symptoms appear, this is an asthma attack. There is no cure for asthma. Even when you feel fine, you still have the disease.
Care You Should Expect to Receive – High quality asthma care includes treatments and information to help control symptoms and decrease your risk for future asthma attacks.
Symptoms of asthma may include:
- Coughing that gets worse at night and in the early morning
- Chest tightness (like someone is sitting on your chest)
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe)
How Will This Help Me? When patients receive high quality care, their asthma is under control and they can live a full and active life. They are less likely to experience symptoms and asthma attacks, or go to the hospital for treatment.