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Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe.

Asthma is chronic, meaning that inflammation is always present, even when there are no noticeable symptoms.

When provoked by a trigger, the inflammation worsens and the insides of the airways produce extra mucus, swell even more, and the muscles that wrap around the airways may tighten. These changes produce airway obstruction, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing that can lead to asthma attacks.

If severe, the symptoms can cause severe shortness of breath, low levels of oxygen in the blood, and can lead to death.

Be prepared and have an Asthma Action Plan.

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