Asthma Center

General Overview

Asthma is inflammation and narrowing of the airways (called the bronchial tubes).


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Diagnostic and Surgical Procedures

Living With Asthma

Exercise and asthma: Is exercise jeopardizing your health?Do you repeatedly cough, have a hard time breathing, and feel tightness in your chest during or after exercise? You may have execrise-induced asthma. Find out what it is and what you can do about it.Rerun imageHeavy breathing: asthma and your sex lifeAsthma, like many chronic diseases, can adversely affect your sex life. But there are ways to cope with it and lessen its effects.In her own words: living with asthmaLearn about one woman's experience of living with asthma for 15 years.In her own words: living with juvenile asthmaA mother shares her story of what it's like to have a child with asthma.

Special Topics (Continued)

Image for allergy and asthma articleLeukotriene inhibitors for asthma and allergies and allergic rhinitis (hay fever) are among the major causes of illness and disability in the United States, affecting as many as 40-50 million Americans. Scientists do not know why certain people experience allergic reactions, but they do know that increased amounts of a substance called leukotrienes play an important role in causing symptoms.

Videos on Asthma Medication

Related Conditions

Natural and Alternative Treatments (By Condition)

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American Lung Association

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America


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