Asthma is a chronic disease pertaining to the lungs and is affecting approximately 25 million people in the United States today. Although asthma is a health issue for people of all ages, it mainly begins during childhood; approximately 7 million kids are affected with it today. Asthma causes periods of wheezing during breathing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. To fully understand the effects of asthma, it’s necessary to understand how your airways work. Your airways include tubes that are used to transport air into and out of your lungs. Those who are affected with asthma have inflamed airways which make them sensitive, swollen, and may react strongly to certain substances that are inhaled. When the airways begin to react, the muscles around them begin to tighten. When the airways begin to tighten, there is less air allowed to flow into the lungs; this chain reaction can result in asthma symptoms. Unfortunately, you can’t prevent asthma. However there are certain precautions you could take to prevent some of its symptoms and to control the disease itself:
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