Asthma diagnosis

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Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways with reversible episodes of obstruction, caused by an increased reaction of the airways to various stimuli. Asthma related breathing problems occur in episodes or attacks, but the underlying inflammation is continuous. While asthma can affect anyone of any age, asthma is the most common chronic illness affecting children and is more common among boys than it is among girls. The factors that may trigger asthma include: respiratory infections, colds, allergic reactions to allergens such as pollen, mold, animal dander, feathers, dust, food and cockroaches, exposure to cold air or sudden temperature change, cigarette smoke (secondhand smoke), excitement or stress and exercise. Many children with asthma miss out on school, sports or other childhood activities. Asthma can be a life-threatening disease if not properly managed. With proper care and treatment, most children with asthma can have active and healthy childhoods.
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