|HealthyLifeģ Students' Self-Care Guide|
|Section IĖCommon Health Problems|
Asthma is a disease that affects the air passages in the lungs. People with asthma have supersensitive airways. Exposure to ďAsthma Attack TriggersĒ (see below) causes a response in the airways, called an ďattackĒ or ďepisode.Ē
Signs & Symptoms
Causes & Risk Factors
The cause for asthma is not known. You are more likely to have asthma if other members of your family have it and/or you have allergies. Asthma is more common in children who live in houses with pets and/or tobacco smoke.
Asthma is not caused by emotional problems. Strong emotions can bring on an asthma attack, though.
Asthma Attack Triggers
Questions to Ask
Along with your prescribed medical treatment:
For Information, Contact:
The Asthma and Allergy
Foundation of America
National Heart, Lung and
Blood Institute (NHLBI)
February 19, 2004
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