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Asthma is a disease that affects the gas exchange of your lungs. Patients who suffer from asthma can have narrowing/blocked airway passages. This narrowing/blockage can cause shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. A pulmonary function test will help a physician determine a patient’s diagnosis. Other tests may focus on allergies, sinuses, or gastroesophageal reflux disease to rule out other causes of the symptoms.

Asthma is broken down into two broad types: extrinsic asthma and intrinsic asthma. The extrinsic type is thought to be caused by allergies, where the intrinsic type is considered non-allergic asthma.

Asthma can be maintained by identifying triggers, proper adherence to maintenance medications, and having emergency/rescue medications easily accessible when needed.

For more information on asthma, visit http://www.aafa.org

Asthma in Infants

Few things are as unsettling as a sick baby, struggling to breathe – especially when it’s yours! And, figuring out the source of the problem can be a bit of a puzzle, particularly if your infant has asthma.  That’s because asthma in infants can have many faces. Babies with asthma often have sudden, severe wheezing …

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Childhood Asthma and Obesity

Links Between Childhood Asthma and Obesity   Asthma is a chronic disease that causes airways to become inflamed. Does your child have this disease? If so, you’re no doubt familiar with symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing. Today, a whopping nine million children under age 18 have asthma – or have …

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Develop an Action Plan

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