Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It’s long-term problem where tiny airways in your lungs get even smaller (constrict), fill with mucus and swell. You may have trouble breathing because less air can get through your lungs and you get less oxygen. No one knows what causes asthma.

What are Asthma Symptoms?

Asthma symptoms include:

  • Coughing (especially at night)
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Low energy
  • Feeling lightheaded

Even if you have mild asthma symptoms, see your health care provider. Asthma can permanently damage your lungs if it’s not treated – even if you don’t have trouble breathing.

Dr. Alappatt explains: What is Asthma and its Symptoms?  


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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine