Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects your respiratory system, namely the ability of your bronchial passages to transfer air. The inflamed and narrowed airways that are the hallmark of asthma hamper your ability to breathe correctly in the fact of certain triggers.
In addition to the inflammation, asthma also causes excess production of mucus in your airways, which further inhibits your breathing.
First, it’s important to note that there’s no known cause of asthma. The medical community does, however, believe that genetics, allergies, and environment play substantial roles in the development of the condition.
Asthma is characterized by attacks, which can be triggered by any number of things, including:
While this list isn’t comprehensive, it does highlight the main offenders.
The most common symptoms of asthma include:
While some of these symptoms may be constant, most are brought on by an attack, or at least increase significantly during an attack.
Since asthma has no known cause, there’s no cure for the condition. Asthma and its symptoms, therefore, are managed, often with great success, with the following:
Each case of asthma is different, so Dr. Guibord provides a tailored plan that makes the most sense for your goals and needs. To learn more, call Dr. Guibord or book an appointment online.
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