Asthma is a Chronic Lung Disease

Asthma affects an estimated 34 million people in the U.S.

Asthma varies in severity and frequency from person to person, and is the most common chronic disease among children. Although the cause of asthma is not known, the strongest risk factors for developing the condition include a genetic predisposition and environmental exposure to certain inhales substances that provoke allergic reactions or irritate the airways.

Seek immediate medical attention or call 911 for the following symptoms and warning signs:
  • Persistent shortness of breath or breathlessness experienced even while lying in bed
  • An asthma attack that is not relived by a usually effective rescue inhalers
  • Lips or fingernails are turning blue (or gray in persons with dark complexions)
  • Straining to breathe or the inability to complete a sentence without pausing for breath
  • A feeling of chest tightness
  • Feelings of agitation, confusion or an inability to concentrate
  • Hunching of shoulders, straining of abdominal and neck muscles or sitting or standing to breathe more easily
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