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Asthma

Asthma is a disease that causes the airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – to become inflamed. The inflammation then causes the airways to become sensitive to allergens or irritants. The inflamed tissue then reacts to these substances, causing the airways to swell, narrowing air passages. The narrowing reduces airflow to your lung tissue, resulting in symptoms like wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing.
Asthma is a disease that causes the airways – the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs – to become inflamed. The inflammation then causes the airways to become sensitive to allergens or irritants. The inflamed tissue then reacts to these substances, causing the airways to swell, narrowing air passages. The narrowing reduces airflow to your lung tissue, resulting in symptoms like wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and trouble breathing.

Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness, pain, or pressure in the chest
  • Wheezing – a high-pitched whistling sound when exhaling
  • Persistent cough (commonly at night in children)
Contact your health care provider if you are experiencing these symptoms

TRICARE covers services and supplies required to diagnose and treat asthma.