Asthma is a chronic condition. While there is no cure, you can work with your doctor to manage it. Learning about asthma symptoms and triggers can help.
Inflammation of the airways is an important component of asthma. Inflammation can make your airways more sensitive and more narrow than usual, making it harder to breathe. The airways in the lungs may react to various triggers and become more inflamed. The muscles around the airways can also tighten. All of this can reduce airflow in your airways and can cause asthma symptoms.
Your doctor will perform a physical exam and may test your lung function with a device called a spirometer to help determine whether you have asthma. It’s also important to tell your doctor if there is a family history of asthma, which could assist in determining your diagnosis.
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