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Published on October 12, 2015

Asthma Answers

Asthma is a chronic condition and disease of the lungs in which the airways are inflamed. Exposure to allergens and irritants can cause asthma to flare-up and create acute attacks. One of the most important things to understand about asthma is that it can occur at any age. Many are born with asthma but a large number of people develop asthma later in life.

Asthma Symptoms

It may be hard for someone to detect that they are experiencing asthma. Many people do not experience all symptoms at one time. The common symptoms of the disease can be easily confused with having a cold or other respiratory issue.

Symptoms include:

  • Wheezing
  • Frequent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Worsening of symptoms at night or with exertion

Dr. Rene Franco, pulmonary, critical care and sleep physician with Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group explains: "Weather is a main factor that affects people with asthma; it's important to take precautions for those that spend time outdoors especially during cold or hot and humid months."

Protect Yourself During Weather and Seasonal Changes

  • Always carry an inhaler
  • When being active outside (exercising, traveling, working etc.) wear a mask to keep the air around the nose and mouth warm and try to breathe through the nose
  • Have an emergency plan so others know how to help if an attack occurs

Learn more about our Asthma Management Program offered at All Saints in Racine and St. Joseph Campus in Milwaukee.

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