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Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult for millions of Americans. There is no cure for asthma, but the good news is it can be managed and treated so you can live a normal, healthy life.

The American Lung Association is committed to supporting those affected by asthma. We offer a variety of resources and information about the disease. Check out some of our key asthma support and education resources featured below. Or scroll down to explore our entire asthma section.

Learn About Asthma

What is asthma? The more you can learn about asthma, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this disease. Get the basics on how asthma affects your body and the impact of this condition.

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Asthma Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors

Most people with asthma experience a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing at some point in their life. Working in partnership you can find out the experiences or exposures, called "asthma triggers," that put you at the greatest risk for an asthma flare-up, the steps to take when you experience symptoms, and know when to see the doctor or seek immediate help.

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Diagnosing & Treating Asthma

Asthma is a disease that requires a diagnosis by a healthcare professional and ongoing assessments and monitoring throughout your lifetime. At the initial visit, your asthma care provider will determine your level of severity and create a treatment plan.

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Living with Asthma

While there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed by working with a healthcare provider to develop a plan to avoid asthma triggers and use medication properly. Our tools and resources can help you manage your asthma and create asthma-friendly environments so you can be active and healthy.

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Asthma Education & Advocacy

View our tools and resources for health professionals and volunteers to provide guideline-based asthma care and education. Plus see how you can be an advocate for policies that will help people with asthma breathe easier in the future.

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