Asthma 1

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Asthma makes breathing difficult for more than 22 million Americans. But with proper treatment for symptoms of asthma, children and adults can live well. Dr. Edward Hill takes a closer look at the condition in the 60 Second Housecall.

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, which causes attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing.

When an asthma attack occurs, the muscles surrounding the airways become tight and the lining of the air passages swell. This reduces the amount of air that can pass by, and can lead to wheezing sounds. Symptoms can range from mild to life threatening.

A person doesnt outgrow asthma but people with asthma can live active, normal lives without fear by:

Identifying, avoiding and removing asthma triggers at home and at school.

Take medications as directed by your physician. There are two basic kinds of medication for the treatment of asthma, long-acting medications to prevent attacks and quick-relief medications for use during attacks

Using an individualized asthma action plan

Doctors, families and children working together to create a plan based on individual triggers, medications and warning signs

Vaccinating children against the flu

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.