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Asthma

Asthma is very common among children, teens and adults. It is a disease that causes the airways of the lungs to tighten.
An asthma attack is when your lungs aren’t getting enough air to breathe. Your child might be having an asthma attack if he or she has:
Trouble breathing
Wheezing
Coughing
Chest pain
Chest tightness

Things that cause asthma attacks are called triggers.

Any home can be full of triggers like mold, dust mites secondhand smoke, cockroaches, cats and dogs.
Other asthma triggers may be air pollution (such as ozone, small particles, and pollen), foods, respiratory infections and excessive exercise.
Asthma cannot be cured. But, with the help of a doctor and an asthma action plan, you can make sure your child stays active and healthy.
Did you know?

Asthma can be triggered by the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, or the smoke breathed out by a smoker. Choose not to smoke in your home or car, and don't allow others to do so either.
Preventing Attacks
Step 1
Talk to a doctor about your child’s asthma. If your child has asthma or if you think your child may have asthma, take your child to a doctor. Your doctor will work with you to keep your child from having asthma attacks.
Learn what triggers your child’s asthma attacks.
Identify asthma triggers in your home.
Talk about ways to get rid of triggers in your home.
Find out what medicine your child should take.
Step 2
Ask your doctor to help you create your child’s Asthma Action Plan.
Work with your doctor to create an Asthma Action Plan that will help you learn to prevent your child’s asthma attacks.
An Asthma Action Plan will help you control your child's asthma on a regular basis.
Step 3
Triggers are a part of everyday life.
Asthma attacks can be triggered by things like mold growing on your shower curtain or tiny dust mites that live in blankets, pillow, or your child's stuffed animals.

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