Asthma Attack Anatomy
Asthma_0312 Slideshow During an asthma attack, muscles around the airways tighten, and the airway linings swell. Excess mucus secretion is produced in the airways that can block the air tubes and lungs. When air is trapped, breathing becomes difficult.
Asthma attacks are characterized by three distinct features: The tightening of muscles in the air passages, known as bronchoconstriction, by which less air is able to enter the lungs. The excessive production of mucus which clogs the air passages.
Most common factors are: Asthma attacks are when the airways immediately constrict due to ether the inflammatory or symptom triggers. Asthma attacks can happen to anyone at any point in their life. Typically, those who suffer from asthma are able to see symptoms in their childhood.