People with asthma will experience symptoms of shortness of breath, wheezing, cough and chest tightness as a result of extensive narrowing of the airways throughout both lungs.
Asthma symptoms can occur daily, weekly or infrequently and range from mild to severe. This can be very frightening to people with asthma as well as their families. There are an estimated 17 million people living in the United States with self-reported asthma. It is extremely important to seek medical attention for this illness. It is the most common chronic illness among children and if left untreated or under-treated, asthma may result in a significant reduction in quality of life, with potential loss of lung function, exercise limitation, difficulty sleeping, school or work absenteeism, costly emergency room visits and in a few cases, death.