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ASTHMA


Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes (airways) that causes swelling and narrowing (constriction) of the airways. The result is difficulty breathing. The bronchial narrowing is usually either totally or at least partially reversible with treatments. It is a chronic disease.

Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Coughing
  • Waking at night with any of the above symptoms*

Causes

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Pet
  • Coughing
  • Perfume
  • Mold
  • Smoking

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN DURING ASTHMA EPISODE?

  • The lining of the airways become narrow and easily irritated due to inflammation
  • The airways produce a thick mucus
  • The muscles around the airways tighten and make airways narrower

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