Asthma is a very common condition. It there’s
a high association with, in people who have allergies. And I’m always amazed that people
come in their 30s and 40s and have had lifelong seasonal allergies and out of the blue they
start having wheezing, and cough and shortness of breath. And they’re sort of stunned to
find out they have asthma. But the two conditions coincide in each individual so it’s very common.
Asthma is at its root is a twitchiness or spasticity of the airways. So it goes from
normal to very constricted very quickly. So asthma is characterized by intermittent symptoms,
day-to-day doing fine and then they’ll get a respiratory illness and they’ll have a lot
of prolonged coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and may even end up in the emergency
room or hospitalized. But it’s a very, very manageable condition and I should emphasize
that people who have asthma and don’t smoke cigarettes will never die of respiratory failure
or have COPD like you see in the commercials.