All About Asthma
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What is Asthma?
Asthma is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. There’s not a cure, but it can be treated. Symptoms are different for everyone but often include a cough, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.
What Causes Asthma?
Any allergy can cause asthma. Some common triggers are dust, mold, pollen and smoke. Even the weather can trigger an attack. When your body is exposed to the trigger, it tries to fight it. That’s what makes you cough and why it can be hard to breathe.
Does your Child Have Asthma?
If you think your child might have asthma, talk to their doctor. Describe any symptoms they might have. Your child may have to do some breathing tests to find out if they have asthma. If your child has asthma, do not worry, they are not alone. 26 million Americans have asthma, and it can develop at any time throughout their life.
How Can Asthma be Treated?
Talk with your child’s doctor about the best treatment options. Asthma medication helps a lot of people. Other people get allergy shots. You and your child’s doctor can help decide what will work best for your child.