Managing and Improving Your Asthma Symptoms

Asthma is a chronic (long-term) condition that causes the airways in the lungs to become inflamed and narrowed at times, and may produce extra mucus. Asthma affects people of all ages and often starts during childhood. At RWJBarnabas Renaissance, we deal heavily with asthma patients and work to ensure individuals are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of asthma. You may wheeze, cough, have shortness of breath, or feel tightness in your chest. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can happen every day or only once in a while. Certain things can set off or worsen asthma symptoms, such as cold air. These are called asthma triggers. When symptoms get worse, it is called an asthma attack.

For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.

Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled and our entrusted doctors can help ease the burden. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you work with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms and adjust your treatment as needed. An asthma action plan can help you manage your asthma and we encourage you to make an appointment with us today to get the process started.

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