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Childhood Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease. With asthma, breathing is sometimes difficult due to these changes in the lungs:

  • Swelling of the lining in the airways
  • Tightening of the muscles around the airways (a spasm)
  • Extra mucus in the airways 

Asthma is not contagious. It is a lifelong disease which can be controlled with daily medications. Although asthma is a chronic disease, anyone with asthma can have an acute (sudden) attack of symptoms.

The breathing path explained. Normal airways and airways with bronchospasms.

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Causes of an Asthma Attack

Preventing Asthma Attacks

Signs and Symptoms

During an Attack

Call Your Child's Doctor If:

Seek Emergency Care/ Call 911 If:

Related Medications


Last Updated: 09/2013