Asthma or Astma is a condition characterized by coughing, wheezing and difficulty in breathing. It is frequently, but not invariably, associated with a family history of allergy. Any of the above mentioned allergens can cause asthmatic attacks. Infection of the sinuses or bronchial tubes may also be important factors.
Patients with asthma are affected adversely by many so called non-specific factors such as air pollutants, cigarette smoke, fumes, etc, and at times by emotional reactions. Asthma may begin at any age and, if neglected, tends to recur and become chronic.