(KUTV) Janelle Gardiner, a Park City Medical Center Respiratory Therapist, goes over the basics of asthma and what you need to know about the chronic lung disease.
Asthma is a disease of inflammation and can be serious and life threatening. The inflammation is not visible and happens deep within the lungs. This inflammation brings on an asthma "attack," which has three major components.
Various things can trigger an asthma attack, including infections (colds, the flu or another illness); irritants like smoke and air pollution; allergens such as dust mites, pollen, molds, animal dander and food allergies; cold weather, stress and medications.
Symptoms associated with asthma attacks include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. But, before making an official asthma diagnosis, a doctor will likely look at a few things, including: