An estimated 17 million people living in the United States have self-reported asthma. Asthma is a chronic disease marked by wheezing, chest tightness and/or shortness of breath. It is the most common chronic illness among children, and if left untreated can result in loss of sleep, exercise limitations, absenteeism, emergency room visits, and, in a few cases, death.


Any of the symptoms below can be a sign of asthma:

  • Excessive coughing while exercising or following exercise
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing while breathing
  • A tight feeling in the chest


Did you know that if left untreated allergies can develop into asthma? Other triggers can include irritants, respiratory infections, and/or exercise. Asthma is often placed in different categories according to symptom “triggers.”


  • Allergic asthma: triggered by allergic reactions to allergens such as pet dander, mold or pollen
  • Seasonal asthma: triggered by allergic reactions to seasonal allergens like trees, grass or weeds
  • Non-allergic asthma: triggered by air irritants such as tobacco smoke, wood smoke, room deodorizers, fresh paint and or perfume
  • Exercise-induced asthma: triggered by exercise or physical activity
  • Nocturnal asthma: can occur in a patient with any type of asthma, though the asthma symptoms will increase or worsen at night


If asthma is left untreated, airway inflammation is more likely to occur and become severe. Asthma is not a medical condition that goes away. Not treating it can cause you to lose lung function, which is vital for life.

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