Asthma is the disease affecting our airways and breathing ability.
When air is taken to and from our lungs and when that air is affected, it means we have the disease known as asthma.
Physically, the inside walls of an asthmatic are usually swollen of inflamed. This then makes the airwaves extremely sensitive to irritations and increases the chance you will get an allergic reaction.
As a result of the inflammation causing the airways to tighten and become smaller, less air can pass through them and it will then show many symptoms.
These symptoms include wheezing when trying to breathe, chest tightness, breathing difficulties and constant coughing.
These symptoms are usually more common in the morning or night that they are in the middle of the day.
The disease itself is incurable and as a result, an asthmatic is one for life. However, it can be very treatable and the symptoms virtually eliminated through proper and efficient treatment.
Most people with asthma will refer to an episode of tight breathing as an asthma attack.
These attacks can be mild, moderate or severe and occur when the muscles in your airways tighten up, narrowing the air intake.
In some attacks, the airways are blocked so much that oxygen fails to enter the lungs and also prevents oxygen from entering the blood stream and traveling to the body’s vital organs.
In some cases, theses asthma attacks can be fatal, or bad enough to require immediate hospitalization.
In some cases, the situation can be such that your body does allow enough air to get into your lungs, but it does not let the carbon dioxide leave the lungs at a fast enough rate.
If left for long enough, carbon dioxide can build up in the lungs and lower the amount of oxygen getting to your bloodstream.