Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. You must also remove the triggers in your environment that can make your asthma worse.
CDC’s National Asthma Control Program helps Americans with asthma achieve better health and improved quality of life. The program funds states, school programs, and non-government organizations to help them improve surveillance of asthma, train health professionals, educate individuals with asthma and their families, and explain asthma to the public.
Follow @CDCasthma on Twitter to learn more about helping people with asthma live healthier lives by gaining control over their asthma.
On May 3 at 2pm eastern time please join experts from CDC and EPA for our annual World Asthma Day Twitter Chat. Learn about the latest trends in asthma, self-management, and more. Use the hashtag #AsthmaChat in your messages during the chat to join the conversation. @CDCasthma and @EPALive Click here for more information.
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