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Asthma

brother and sister, about age 10,  cheek to cheek and looking up into cameraAsthma is an inflammatory condition of the lungs, characterized by narrowing of the airway passages. This disease is at least partially reversible if treated with appropriate medications.

 

Symptoms

Asthma, which is estimated to afflict over 9 million Americans, has many patterns of presentation and can occur at any age. Commonly experienced symptoms of asthma include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing and coughing

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Understanding Asthma

  • Asthma Basics Online Learning Module (American Lung Association)
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  • Asthma Not Just a Childhood Disease
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  • Understanding Triggers and Patterns of Asthma
  • All About Asthma (OSU Medical Center)
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  • Asthma (CDC)
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  • Commonly Asked Questions


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  • Does Asthma Accompany Colds?
  • How Do You Treat Cold Induced Asthma?
  • How does Air Quality Affect Asthma?
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  • Peak Flow Meter: What Exactly Does it Measure?
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