Asthma can’t be cured, but with today’s knowledge and treatments, most people who have asthma are able to manage the disease. They can live normal, active lives and sleep through the night without interruption from asthma.
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Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. The airways are tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. People who have asthma have inflamed airways. This makes the airways swollen and very sensitive. They tend to react strongly to certain substances that are breathed in.
Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.
Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts in childhood. In the United States, more than 22 million people are known to have asthma. Nearly 6 million of these people are children.
To read more facts about asthma, visit our asthma info page.
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