Basic information | Respiratory diseases | Asthma


Asthma refers to inflammation of the mucous membrane in the respiratory tract, which causes swelling of the lining and blockage of the respiratory passages, and intermittent spasm of the muscles surrounding them which makes the blockage worse. It is often, but not always accompanied by other allergy-associated diseases (hay fever, atopic dermatitis or eczema). Patients suffer from coughing - often the first and only indication of asthma - expectoration, and shortness of breath. The alteration between well-being and difficult breathing with shortness of breath is also typical for asthma.

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