An estimated one in 12 people in this country — that’s 25 million Americans — suffer from asthma. And the numbers are climbing. There are many theories as to why it’s increasing, but until that’s determined, it’s critical those affected get appropriate treatment. An inflammatory disease of the airways of the lungs, asthma can worsen or improve, but doctors don’t use the word “cure.” The disease is managed. There are different categories of asthma, depending on how often you experience symptoms, how often you wake at night due to difficulty breathing, how often you use your rescue inhaler and how much your asthma limits your normal activities. It’s imperative that you share this information with your doctor for best treatment. There is another category of asthma: exercise induced. It’s just as it sounds, exercise triggers wheezing, coughing tightness in the chest, shortness of breath. Discuss this with your doctor for best management of symptoms. For more info check out https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000036.htm
Benita Zahn, DPS-Bioethics
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