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Inhale. Exhale. We do it every day, but some days are harder if you have asthma. Both kids and adults can go through repeated bouts of wheezing, trouble breathing, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but will only have attacks when something bothers your lungs. Certain things can trigger an asthma attack like smoke from cigarettes, smog and air pollution, mold, dust mites, and even cockroaches! Anyone with asthma has it their entire life. Outgrowing asthma is a myth.


Key Facts

  • In most cases, the cause of asthma is unknown and there is no cure.
  • If someone in your family has asthma, you are also more likely to get it.
  • In the U.S., an estimated 24.6 million people have asthma.
  • In the U.S., children are more likely to have asthma than adults.


Prevention Tips

  • All people with asthma should have a written asthma action plan.

  • Know the warning signs of an asthma attack.

  • Learn what triggers your asthma attacks and avoid them.

  • Take your medicine exactly as your medical professional tells you to do.

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