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What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition that alters the airways of your lungs, (the tubes that carry air in and out). When experiencing asthma symptoms, the muscles surrounding the airways narrow and tighten. This makes breathing difficult. Inflammation (swelling), takes place in the lining of your airways, and occasionally, a sticky phlegm or mucus accumulates and blocks the airways, making it difficult to breathe. Frequently, there is a sound of wheezing. As asthma symptoms occur, your airways become increasingly sensitive and react easily to irritants, called triggers, such as cold air, pollen and smoke.

If you or someone you know has asthma, please don’t worry because you are not alone. As reported by the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 300 million people currently experience asthma. Among children, it is the most common chronic (reoccurring) disease.

In the day of modern medicine, you can live an active, normal life with asthma. Athletes, film stars and prominent political and business people have asthma and it has not adversely affected their success. So, with physician ordered treatment, you or your loved one has every reason and opportunity to make the most of life.