Key Points

• Asthma is defined as an inflammatory, episodic, obstructive lung disease that is completely reversible.

• Self-management is focused on control of environmental triggers, regular peak-flow monitoring, and action plans, which can prevent or abort most flare-ups of asthma.

• All patients with persistent asthma (daytime symptoms more than twice a week or nocturnal symptoms more than twice a month) should be treated with daily long-term control medication, preferably an inhaled corticosteroid.

• Eliminating passive exposure to smokers is the most important intervention in eliminating environmental triggers.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway disease characterized by recurring acute episodes of reversible airway obstruction, with return to normal lung function between episodes. Although bronchospasm is a component of the reversible airway obstruction, recent clinical guidelines have emphasized the inflammatory pathophysiology of asthma (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 2007). Therefore the clinician must treat and prevent the inflammation that leads to mucosal edema, secretions, histologic remodeling of the airways, and bronchospasm of smooth muscle origin.

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