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Asthma Is a chronic lung disease

That means that a child may have it for most of his or her life.  Asthma can cause breathing problems.  These problems come from the swelling of the airways in the lungs which make the airways too small to let enough air in and out of the lungs.  It can be treated so that a child can live a normal active life. Explore our resources for asthma management.

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Asthma triggers are things that can cause asthma symptoms to flare up or make
it harder to breathe. Many triggers can be found in your home and other places.
Asthma triggers are different for everybody. Avoiding asthma triggers can help
lessen your asthma symptoms. A plan to reduce or remove such triggers can
be made with your doctor.

The faculty and students at Stony Brook Children, Stony Brook University, and Downstate Health Sciences University, and the American Lung Association’s health promotions staff have created a fun learning tool called the Asthma Trigger House. Use this tool to find and learn about common asthma triggers in a home. There are four rooms in our house to visit. Click on an item in the room to learn if it is a trigger and how to avoid or reduce the trigger.
Do you have an Asthma Action Plan?

An Asthma Action Plan is a plan for taking control of asthma. 

Everyone with asthma should have one. Ask your doctor for a written plan so you will know what to do when you are feeling well, when you start to have symptoms and when you have an asthma attack.


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