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Asthma is a long-lasting (chronic) disease of the respiratory system. It causes inflammation in tubes that carry air to the lungs (bronchial tubes). The inflammation makes your bronchial tubes likely to overreact to certain triggers. An overreaction can lead to decreased lung function, sudden difficulty breathing, and other symptoms of an asthma attack.
If you avoid triggers, you can:
You may not be able to avoid or even want to avoid all your asthma triggers. But you can ask your doctor how to identify some of the things that trigger your symptoms. He or she may suggest:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMary F. McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of:
December 6, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Mary F. McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
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