Introduction: Asthma


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Asthma: Repeated attacks of breathing difficulty.

Asthma: Asthma is a chronic lung condition with ongoing airway inflammation that results in recurring acute episodes (attacks) of breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. These symptoms occur because the inflammation makes the airways overreact to a variety of stimuli including physical activity, upper respiratory infections, allergens, and irritants. Exposure to these stimuli--often called triggers--creates more swelling and blocking of the airways. Asthma episodes can be mild, moderate, or even life-threatening. Vigorous exercise will cause symptoms for most students with asthma if their asthma is not well-controlled. Some students experience symptoms only when they exercise. However, today's treatments can successfully control asthma so that students can participate fully in physical activities most of the time. 1

Researching symptoms of Asthma: Further information about the symptoms of Asthma is available including a list of symptoms of Asthma, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Asthma, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Asthma: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Asthma, failure to diagnose Asthma, underlying causes of Asthma (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Asthma: Various information is available about treatments available for Asthma, prevention of Asthma, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Asthma: Research more detailed information about the causes of Asthma, other possibly hidden causes of Asthma, or other general information about Asthma.

Statistics and Asthma: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Asthma, prevalence and incidence statistics for Asthma, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from NHLBI, Asthma & Physical Activity in the School: NHLBI

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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