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Ninety six percent of physicians say that there is a need for increased education among asthma patients Asthma is a respiratory disease often arising from allergies Did you know that nine million Americans now suffer from asthma Also asthma is responsible for ten million lost school days yearly Asthma is caused by a very complex set of muscles contracting at the wrong time Outside the bronchial tubes there are thousands of little muscles wrapped around it When you have an asthma attack what happens is these little muscles contract which makes it hard for you to breathe Your chances in getting the chronic disease are one in three if your parents have it Piratically everything you do may cause an asthma attack or trigger asthma There are six major triggers of asthma they are irritants allergens infections weather exercise and emotions Triggers are things that can make asthma worse Common irritants are smoke about any kind aerosol sprays strong odors dust and air pollution Cigarette smoke is the worst irritant of all Next are the allergens pollen mold pets food everything that you are allergic to cause symptoms of asthma Common colds sinusitis and influenza cause an increase of asthma symptoms There are certain types of weather that may cause problems for some people with asthma Those are extremely hot or cold temperatures windy conditions and changes in humidity Exercise or physical activity is a common asthma trigger For some people it is the only trigger of asthma Strong feelings such as laughing and crying lead to changes in breathing patterns which can cause some symptoms of asthma also Most of the symptoms are easy to remember It usually feels like someone is standing on your chest Im speaking from personal experiences The symptoms are coughing continuously wheezing shortness of breath chest tightness and mucus production All of the common early asthma warning signs like the feeling of tiredness a runny or stuffy nose and
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