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What is Asthma?

When you breathe in through your nose or mouth, the air goes into your windpipe, through the airways (or bronchial tubes) and into the lungs. For most kids, this is easy and automatic. When a person has asthma, it can be more difficult. When you have an asthma episode or “attack”, the airways become swollen and narrower and it is a lot harder to get air to go into the lungs and get out of the lungs. The swollen airways can also produce extra mucus which makes things even more difficult! If you have asthma, this could make you wheeze (a whistling sound) as you breathe and/or your chest feels tight like someone is squeezing you. It can also make you cough and take shorter breaths.

No one knows why some kids get asthma and others do not. But, it often runs in families - like having a parent, sibling or other relative that has it. Asthma is not contagious. It can start at an early age and stop when a person becomes an adult - but some children get it back when they are older.

Read on and learn more about Asthma in today's Spotlight on Health!

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