Asthma is a chronic disease that causes the airways to narrow and swell. Your airways are the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. People with asthma have airways that are very sensitive and react to things in the air around us. Then you can’t breathe in as much air as before. You may wheeze, cough, and have chest tightness. This can happen especially in the morning or at night.
Asthma cannot be cured. Asthma does not go away. Symptoms may be prevented and controlled. Most people can manage the disease but it can flare up any time. It is very important to treat the symptoms when they are first noticed. You, along with your doctor, can plan a personal asthma action plan.
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