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Loma Linda University Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways of your lungs. Your airways are the breathing tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. When you have asthma, your airways become swollen. This swelling (inflammation) causes the airways to make thick, sticky secretions called mucus. Asthma also causes the muscles in and around your airways to get very tight or constrict. This swelling, mucus, and tight muscles can make your airways narrower than normal and it becomes very hard for you to get air into and out of your lungs.

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How do I know if I have asthma?

The most common symptoms of asthma are shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and cough. You may have days when you have every symptom and other days you may have no symptoms. When you do have asthma symptoms, you may feel like you are breathing through a straw. You may also hear wheezing (a whistling or squeaking sound) as air tries to move through your narrowed airways. You may also cough, most often at night or early in the morning. Chest pain, chest pressure, or a feeling of tightness in your chest can be other symptoms of asthma.

Treatment and Services

At Loma Linda University’s Comprehensive Program for Obstructive Airway Diseases we take pride in being Inland Empire’s leader in providing education and novel approaches to disease management for asthma and COPD.

Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) for Severe Asthma

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Bronchial Thermoplasty

Meet Our Asthma Specialist

Is asthma limiting your life?

Contact us for your personalized asthma plan. Call 909-558-2896, press 1 and ask to be seen by our asthma specialist.

Contact Us

Loma Linda University Faculty Medical Group


11370 Anderson St., Suite 3300
Loma Linda, CA 92354