Asthma is a chronic disease involving the airways in the lungs. These airways, or bronchial tubes, allow air to come in and out of the lungs.
If you have asthma your airways are always inflamed. They become even more swollen and the muscles around the airways can tighten when something triggers your symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, causing symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and/or chest tightness.
If you have asthma, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Wheezing – A whistling sound heard when breathing in or out.
Coughing – A cough that may not go away and often occurs or worsens at night or early morning.
Chest Tightness – Feeling as if something is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
Shortness of Breath – Feeling as though you can’t catch your breath. You may feel as though you are breathless.
• When an asthma attack comes on, stay calm. Panic can make your symptoms worse. Help yourself along with this visualization trick: Close your eyes. As you inhale, see your lungs expand and fill with white light, and feel your breathing become easier. Repeat this exercise twice more, then open your eyes.
• In a pinch, have a strong cup of coffee or two 355-mL cans of caffeinated cola. Caffeine is chemically related to theophylline, a standard medication for asthma. It helps open airways