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People with asthma have inflamed airways in their lungs. This results in a narrower than normal path for air to travel in and out of the lungs which results in wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Asthma can be inherited and it can also be caused by environmental factors such as air pollution, smoke, chemicals, etc.

Asthma attacks, or periods of time when the symptoms appear, often occur when the patient inhales certain substances which might include pet dander, dust, pollen or other substances that irritate the airways.

In the United States, more than 25 million people are known to have asthma. About 7 million of these people are children. Unfortunately there is no cure, but there are ways to manage this condition.  Some medicines are used to relieve an asthma attack and other medicines are used to avoid the occurrence of asthma symptoms.

If you experience these symptoms occasionally you should be evaluated by a doctor for a diagnosis and plan for reducing asthma attacks.


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