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Asthma is a disease in the lungs resulting in a shortness of breath Itinvolves feelings of breathlessness and wheezing Wheezing is a whistlingsound from the chest when breathing in or out People also may feelsuffocation and shortness of breath when experiencing an asthma attack Asthma sufferers usually breathe normally and attacks are unwarranted andusually by surprise It is estimated that 1 out of 20 people have asthma but 1out of 10 children have it Asthma is a disease where no apparent reason canbe given for its surfacing It is intrinsic Asthma usually goes away with agebut it can occur in adults of any ageThe most common type of asthma is allergic bronchial asthma it isusually caused by allergies Allergies are things such as dust mold pollen orcertain foods Asthma attacks can also be triggered by periods of physical oremotional strain as well as a head or sinus infection A sudden change in thewhether can also bring an attack Usually asthmatics have a certain seasonwhen they have attacks and they usually have them periodically through theyear An asthma attack can be defined as a partial blockage of the smallbronchial tubes in the lungs The blocking results from a spasm or acontraction in the bronchial muscles from a swelling of the mucousmembranes that line these muscles and the production of phlegm or mucous This all results in a narrowing of the airways which is responsible for theshortness of breath the feeling of tightness and the weezing all felt during anAlthough asthma can affect people of all ages it is usually diagnosed andtreated at an early age A physician in likely to give an allergy test todetermine what the patient is allergic to as well as a blood gas or a chestX-ray When the allergys are determined a patient may be given an allergyshot These are shots which contain a small amount of the known allergythey are meant to desensitize the person to the allergy In
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