Asthma: The Basics

What is Asthma?

  • Asthma is a chronic* disease of the airways in the lungs.
  • The inside of the airways are sensitive and always a little swollen.
  • Common things that trigger asthma include colds, tobacco smoke and allergies.
  • There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled.

* Chronic means it is always there even when there are no symptoms.