Asthma Facts

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory lung disease involving recurrent breathing problems. It’s characterized by three airway problems: obstruction, inflammation, and hyper-responsiveness. Learn more about Asthma ›

Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is marked by inflammation and swelling in the airways in the lungs. Asthma can make breathing difficult and if not treated properly and fully, it can be life threatening. But if you learn to recognize early asthma signs and symptoms, you can prevent a full-blown asthma attack.

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Could It Be Asthma?

Almost 25 million people have asthma; nearly 7 million of them are children. Could you be one of them?

Tests to Diagnose Asthma

If you have chest tightness, a persistent cough, shortness of breath, or notice a whistling sound when you breathe, you may have asthma. The only way to know for sure is to do a series of tests that zero in on your lungs and breathing tubes.

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Can a Cold Trigger Asthma?

For most people, the common cold is a minor annoyance. But if you have asthma, a cold can trigger an asthma attack. Colds can be especially serious in children with asthma. Preventing colds and other infections, such as the flu, is one way you can stay healthy and minimize the risk of asthma attacks in you or your child.

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Personal Stories of Living with Asthma

Asthma sufferers and caretakers are forced to face the challenges that accompany breathing problems every moment of every day. A few of those patients and healthcare providers confronting asthma head-on generously share their stories in their own words in the hope that others will benefit from their experiences and knowledge.

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