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Asthma

Asthma, a lung disease, occurs when air passageways in the lungs swell and become tight. Breathing becomes difficult, and the affected person may wheeze or cough. Cats, pollen, mold, and cold can bring on an asthma attack.

More than 25 million Americans have asthma. Many take medicine regularly and use inhaled medication when symptoms arise.

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Buster Baxter: Lung Defender

Buster Baxter: Lung Defender

Here's a fun and easy way to understand what asthma is and what can make it worse. Travel inside the lungs and see how many asthma triggers you can catch! More...

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Asthma: Interactive Health Tutorial

Asthma: Interactive Health Tutorial

The symptoms of asthma occur deep within the lungs. Explore what happens in an asthma attack with this interactive slide show. Along the way, you can demonstrate your knowledge. More...

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National Institutes of Health
Do Allergies Cause Asthma?

Do Allergies Cause Asthma?

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TIME
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Lungtropolis

If you have asthma, or know someone who does, this interactive will help you understand the lung disease. Lungtropolis is under attack from the Mucus Mob! Become an asthma control agent and combat this vicious gang. More...

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American Lung Association
Asthma Triggers

Asthma Triggers

Your childhood teddy? Your frisky pet dog? The smoke from a campfire? All potential asthma triggers. Find out how to minimize exposure to these common allergens and irritants. More...

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Environmental Protection Agency
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Exercise-Induced Asthma

Exercise can bring on an asthma attack for people with asthma. But they shouldn’t hang up their running shoes or give away their football. A few preventative measures can keep them in the game. More...

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Lungs: The Breath of Life

This awesome interactive takes you through all the parts of the lung and their functions. Click the tab to cause — and then cure — an asthma attack. More...

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National Geographic
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Naomi Shah: Science Fair Winner

After watching her brother and father struggle with asthma, Naomi Shah — then only 16 — developed a way to mathematically measure the relationship between indoor air quality and asthma. More...

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TED
Test Your Asthma Knowledge

Test Your Asthma Knowledge

Do you know the triggers and symptoms of asthma? Test your knowledge of this common, chronic lung disease with this short quiz. More...

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American Lung Association
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The Nose Knows in Asthma

Asthma, it turns out, has several variations. But why would a doctor take tissue from a patient’s nasal passages to get details about a lung disease? You’ll have to read this to find out. More...

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