The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) defines asthma as a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Although the exact cause of asthma isn’t known, some genetic and environmental factors that are known to trigger asthma include:
- Hereditary factors
- Certain respiratory infections during childhood
- Contact with airborne allergens or exposure to some viral infections in infancy or in early childhood
On the other hand, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America defines allergies as diseases of the immune system that cause an overreaction to allergens. Allergens can trigger sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itching.
Although the symptoms are very similar, the treatment for allergies versus the treatment for asthma is very different. Do you suffer from coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or rapid breathing? Are your symptoms related to allergies or asthma? Click the button below to complete the questionnaire and a health care professional from the Heart & Lung Institute of Utah will contact you.
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