Asthma Health Center

Understand your condition and the treatments available for you.

About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease which causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes; the passageway that allows air to enter and leave the lungs. There are 2 types of asthma: allergic which caused by exposure to an allergen and non-allergic which can be caused by stress, exercise, an illness like cold or flu, exposure to extreme weather or irritants in the air. Symptoms of asthma can include shortness of breath, tightness of chest, coughing and/or wheezing. Asthma symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can also vary from person to person. Prevention of symptoms is the best strategy as there is no cure for asthma. A person should know what triggers their asthma attack and should avoid those whenever possible.