Hello, everyone, and welcome to All About Asthma with Watsons. My name is Samantha Purvor and with me today, we have Doc Gen. Today we’re gonna talk about asthma. What is it? What are its symptoms? And how do we manage it? Doc Gen, take it away! Thanks, Sam! No problem! Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects our airways or our breathing tubes. Normally our breathing tubes are wide open. However in a patient with asthma, these get narrow, get filled up with mucus, and the patient start experiencing shortness of breath. Because of the swelling, the symptoms of asthma are typically the patient starts to feel coughing episodes, they get shortness of breath, chest tightness, and a wheezing sound like the mewing of a cat. So doc, how do you get asthma? You just don’t get asthma like it’s a cold or a virus. It is not really known why some people have asthma and why some people don’t. But what we really know is that their airways are more sensitive than normal and also asthma runs in the family. When do you get an asthma attack? Asthma attack can be set off by many different things called triggers. We have the allergic triggers and the non-allergic triggers. For the allergic triggers we have pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. While in the non-allergic type, we have stress, extreme weather condition, common cold, and air pollution. Oh my gosh. That’s a lot of triggers. Is there a cure? Asthma is a chronic lung condition. It has no cure but it is manageable. Asthma attacks do come and go. Some patients have milder forms of symptoms while others struggle with it every day. Asthma does not go away, but with proper treatment and medication, you can live a normal life. And when exactly should we see a doctor? Basically you need to see your doctor when you have cough that does not go away, chest tightness, you hear this wheezing sound, and you get shortness of breath. Once you get proper treatment with the right medication, right inhaler instructions, your asthma can be controlled, and you can live a normal life. Very well said, Dra and that’s it for today. Stay tuned and watch our next episode. Next time we’ll be talking about inhalers and how to better manage asthma. So, doc, thank you very much! Thanks, Sam! See you next time on our next episode.