It is World Asthma Day, so Ask The Pharmacist, Dr. Michael White joins the Fox CT Morning Extra to answer questions about the disease and talk about how it is treated.
Asthma is a disease of the airways in the lungs. Symptoms are caused by inflammation, which narrows the airways, making them red, swollen, and extra sensitive to irritants. This leads to recurrent attacks of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. Mild attacks can settle down without treatment, but treatment usually provides relief to asthma sufferers faster. Appropriate treatment can also reduce the risk of further attacks. If you experience a serious attack you should seek emergency help.