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Tips for Controlling Asthma

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Despite being one of the most common diseases that children face in today's world, asthma is still perplexing to many doctors and their patients. Asthma is complex in that it affects each person differently. Some doctors are quick to diagnose patients with asthma, while others hesitate. This is because there is no universally agreed upon method of diagnosis. To add to the confusion, patients each generally experience their symptoms differently and in different situations. For example, some patients only experience symptoms during certain activities, certain times of the day, some only certain times of the year, and some patients only experience symptoms during certain periods of their life. Unfortunately, this also means that not every person will be able to treat their asthma the same way. Basic Tips for Controlling Asthma There are still things that anyone with asthma can do to help reduce their symptoms. The first thing you should do if you believe you or a loved one may have as ...

Asthma Explained

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As the summer weather settles in, many people take to the outdoors to exercise and be more active. For some, this increase in physical activity means more than just sweating, losing weight, and having fun. It means more coughing, more choking, and more wheezing as well. You see, exercise is a trigger for the symptoms of asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. The most common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Many people with asthma experience a worsening of their symptoms when they exercise, but to understand why, we should look closer at what asthma is and what it does. What is asthma? As mentioned above, asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. More specifically, asthma affects the air passageways of the lungs. If you have asthma, your air passageways become enlarged and inflamed, squeezing and sometimes blocking the flow of air through your lungs. This makes it difficult for you to breathe, especia ...

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