Asthma - Also called: bronchial asthma - Asthma and Asthma Attacks Center: Symptoms, Causes, Tests - Asthma Information for Patients
A condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow and swell, and produce extra mucus.
Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack.
Asthma may cause difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough and wheezing. The symptoms may sometimes flare-up.
Asthma can usually be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms (salbutamol) and controller inhalers that prevent symptoms (steroids). Severe cases may require longer-acting inhalers that keep the airways open (formoterol, salmeterol, tiotropium), as well as inhalant steroids.