Asthma can be difficult to diagnose, as its symptoms often resemble those of other respiratory conditions or those of heart disease. Diagnosis is usually based on a description of symptoms, a comprehensive medical history, and a physical exam. Diagnostic tests for people 6 years of age and older include functional respiratory exploration and provocation tests. The pulmonary function represents a series of tests to…Read More »
Are you at risk for asthma?
Although asthma can develop without any risk factors, the number of risk factors you have increases your risk of developing the disease. The following factors can increase the risk of asthma: family history; allergies (including allergy-related conditions such as eczema and allergic rhinitis); obesity; multiple respiratory infections in childhood; age – although asthma can occur at any age, it is…Read More »
What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease of the lungs that affects the airways (bronchi) inside your lungs and causes the tissues that cover the airways to swell, which narrow, making it difficult to breathe. The symptoms associated with asthma (coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath) are the result of this narrowing of the airways. The main factors in the development of asthma are the…Read More »