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Asthma is a condition that affects the airways \u2013 the small tubes that carry air in and out of the
lungs. Asthma involves only the bronchial tubes and does not affect the air sacs (alveoli) or the
lung tissue (the parenchyma of the lung) itself. Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing
difficult for nearly 23 million Americans, including 7 million children plus iti s common in
industrialized nations such as Canada, England, Australia, Germany, and New Zealand, 1 or 2
kids out of 10 are affected.
Asthma attacks can last minutes to days and can become dangerous if airflow to the lungs
becomes severely restricted. Asthma is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the
airways in the lungs and by the spasm of muscles surrounding these airways, these attacks may
occur at anytime, but there are risk factors that can trigger an attack.
Asthma can't be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled, causes can be different in each case, and therefore individualized therapy is wise and in fact I would state PARAMOUNT. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood however, one must realize they can happen for the first time atany age.
Asthma and allergies are the most common chronic childhood diseases, characterized by
recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing, which vary in severity and frequency from
person to person. Symptoms may be mild, moderate, or severe and often runs in families
meaning you can inherit the tendency to get inflamed airways.
Medications that provide long-term relief include corticosteroids, beta agonists, leukotriene
modifiers, Cromolyn, and Nedocromil. Medications can reduce the symptoms of asthma a great
deal, but may not be able to eliminate coughing fully.
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