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What is Asthma?

Last updated 4 years ago

Asthma is a type of lung disease that involves symptoms such as difficulty breathing, wheezing, and chest tightness. A person with asthma is hypersensitive to certain triggers, such as tobacco smoke, that can lead to an asthma attack. The airway of a patient with asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation. Inflammation of the airway reduces air flow, causing difficulty breathing.

You can hear more about the problems associated with asthma by watching this animation. You’ll see a depiction of a healthy airway and watch a demonstration of how the airway changes with asthma. You’ll also learn about other factors involved with asthma, such as tightening of the muscle bands around the airway.

If you experience an asthma attack or other medical emergency, turn to the caring emergency room staff at Largo Medical Center. For non-emergency situations, residents of Largo, FL can call our community hospital at (727) 470-6826.


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