What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a long-term disease that tightens and swells the airways in the bronchi part of your lungs. It usually from an allergic reaction or any other form of hypersensitivity. It can cause periods of wheezing and tightness in the chest. It can affect people of all ages but mostly during the childhood.
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Why Is It Important To Understand?

It’s important to understand asthma because you will know how to handle a situation if someone is having an asthma attack. If you understand it you will know how the airways work and how they swell. Another way is if you have it you would know what to do in a bad situation instead of panicking.


Researchers don't really know but they have some ideas such as parents who has it, respiratory infections during childhood, and contact with some airborne allergens or viral infections when immune system is still developing.


Coughing really bad in the morning and night, wheezing when breathing, tightened chest, running out of breath, and feeling that you can't get air out of the lungs. You don’t have to have all of these to have asthma.
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Asthma has no cure the treatment is to just control it. One way to control it is to go to your doctor and treat other conditions that might make your asthma worse or interfere with it. Another way is to avoid things that trigger your asthma except activity because you need it to be healthy and get medicine for it so you can do your 60min activity a day. The third way is to make an asthma plan which is what to do if you get an asthma attack you should talk to your doctor about it.


  • 1 in every 14 people have asthma.
    • African americans are 3 times as likely to be hospitalized from asthma and to get it.

    • About 22 million people have asthma in the U.S. about 6 million of those are children.

    • 8% of adults and 10% of children have asthma.

    • About 7 million people that have asthma aren't 18.

    • Asthma causes about 14 million hospital visits a year.

    • There is no cure for asthma.

    • Asthma is more common in children than adults and more common in boys than girls

    • Asthma is more common in adult women than adult men.

    • In 2011, the asthma rate for African-Americans was 47 percent higher than for whites.