Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways in the lungs of children and adults.
The patient usually complains of shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing with wheezing.
A diagnosis of asthma in young children is more likely if they have
symptom patterns, presence of risk factors for development of asthma and
therapeutic response to controller treatment.
Goals of treatment are effective symptom control with minimal or no
exacerbations, minimal or no nocturnal and daytime symptoms, no
limitations on activities, minimal or no need for reliever treatment,
and minimal adverse effects of medication.