Dr. Jeffrey Zollinger describes the symptoms of asthma and explains why it's important to treat.">

Feb 2, 2018 — Asthma is common—some people may not even know they have the chronic disease—and certain things like allergies, exercising or bad air can trigger a flare-up. On today's Health Minute, Dr. Jeffrey Zollinger describes the symptoms of asthma and explains why it's important to treat.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: Did you know you might have asthma and not even realize it? Dr. Jeffrey Zollinger, is asthma common?

Dr. Zollinger: Asthma is very common. In fact, there's a lot of people out there that don't even realize they have it and that they can develop it at any time during life.

Interviewer: All right. And what are some of the symptoms to look out for?

Dr. Zollinger: Coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath.

Interviewer: All right. So if I have those symptoms, I could have asthma. It makes exercise hard, and is it also dangerous?

Dr. Zollinger: It can be dangerous and even life-threatening, and if untreated, may convert itself from reversible airway obstruction to irreversible airway obstruction.

Interviewer: All right. And if I have those symptoms, what should I do?

Dr. Zollinger: I would start with your primary care provider. They will know where to start on your treatment. There are a lot of treatments available, and you can even get back to where you can lead a normal life.

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