Summer is when Wisconsinites are out of doors and having fun, and asthma might interfere with that fun. Of the common allergic disorders, asthma is the most likely to interfere with your life on a day-to-day basis, and even shorten it (in people with severe persistent asthma). A variety of studies over the past two decades have shown that asthma is an inflammatory disease, and the inflammation can cause scar tissue to form in your lungs. This inflammation is much worse if allergies are not controlled well, by avoiding your allergens, treating your allergies with immunotherapy (“allergy shots”) or taking anti-inflammatory medications such as inhaled steroids. Please take a look at our video on asthma (also on this web site) for more information.