By: Bailey Blasing

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a paroxysmal, often allergic disorder of respiration, characterized by bronchospasm, wheezing, and difficulty in expiration, often accompanied by coughing and a feeling of constriction in the chest.

Immediate and Long Term Risk Factors

Asthma is a respiratory condition characterized by an inflammation of the bronchial tubes that eventually constricts the passage of air. Essentially, the muscles in a person's airway begin to tense and tighten. As this narrowing takes place, a certain amount of mucus usually builds up within this same region. The two events then cause a person to have what is referred to as an asthma attack. When a person goes through attack upon attack over the years, it can affect the health of the airway and may produce other undesirable problems.