Monday, May 7, 2012

May is Asthma Awareness Month

If you're a person living with asthma, a friend, family member, co-worker or health care professional, take a moment to learn more about asthma by viewing an educational video from the American Lung Association.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs. There is no cure for asthma; however, it can be managed so you can live a normal, healthy life. Asthma causes airways in your lungs to become inflamed which makes them extra sensitive to things you're exposed to in the environment such as dust, smoke, pet dander and other allergens. Asthma can also be triggered by illnesses like the common cold or flu. When someone with asthma is exposed to a trigger, the insides of the airways make extra mucus and swell even more making breathing even harder. This is referred to as an asthma attack.

The exact cause of asthma is unknown but is influenced by family history, allergies, respiratory infections during childhood and environmental factors like irritants and pollution.

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