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Asthma is a condition and a disease that affects the airways of the lungs. The airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs and when they become inflamed, they can narrow down which results in coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing. Asthma is a very common and serious problem that you can have all your life but it is treatable. If it isn’t treated it can limit certain things such as the ability to be active during the day.
It is not completely clear what the exact causes of asthma are but contributing factors include, pollutants such as pet hair, dust and pollen etc. Certain infections such as a cold or the flu can affect it as well as certain medications and stress. Exercise can also provoke an asthma attack amongst other things. If you are a smoker, passive smoker or extremely overweight, this puts you more at risk of asthma.


Asthma symptoms vary depending on the person and how serious the problem is but the main symptoms of asthma are chest pains and shortness of breath. There may be a whistling or wheezing sound when you exhale which is one of the symptoms as well as insomnia due to the wheezing and coughing.