Asthma

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. The condition affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. Dr. Edward Hill discusses asthma in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing.

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood. In the United States, more than 25 million people are estimated to have asthma. Nearly 7 million of these people are children.

Young children who have frequent episodes of wheezing with respiratory infections are at the highest risk of developing asthma that continues beyond age 6.

Its important to treat symptoms when you first notice them. This will help prevent the symptoms from worsening and causing a severe asthma attack. Severe asthma attacks may require emergency care, and they can cause death.

Asthma cant be cured. Even when you feel fine, you still have the disease and it can flare up at any time. But with todays knowledge and treatments, most people who have asthma are able to manage the disease and live normal, active lives.

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