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What Is Asthma and Is It Different From Allergies?

Learn what asthma is and how to manage its symptoms to keep your loved ones healthy and breathing well.

In This Article:

  • Asthma is a chronic lung disease that triggers coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Over 26 million Americans suffer from the disease.
  • Allergy-induced asthma, or allergic asthma, is triggered by an allergic reaction to things like pollen, dust or pet dander. Identifying and avoiding allergy triggers is a big part of managing this type of asthma.
  • To manage all asthma types, monitor your breathing, stay current with vaccinations, treat attacks early and take medications as prescribed.

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