According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, more than 25 million people in the U.S. are known to have asthma.
Asthma is a chronic lung disease which causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways which can ultimately cause severe breathing difficulties and even be fatal. Common symptoms of this condition include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and a feeling of tightness in the chest.
Asthma may often be aggravated by certain triggers, such as dust, pet dander, mold, pollen, chemicals and air pollution, and other factors. Upper respiratory infections can also exacerbate symptoms. While asthma symptoms can be frustrating and scary, there are steps for treating and managing this illness. Consult a healthcare professional to assess symptoms and develop an individualized plan of care.
Listed below are some helpful links for more information and resources on asthma.
- National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: What is Asthma? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Asthma: Basic Information. http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/faqs.htm.
- American Lung Association. Asthma. http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/.
Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:
-National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: What is Asthma? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/.
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