What is ASTHMA?
IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA,
YOU ARE NOT ALONE—
ABOUT 25 MILLION AMERICANS
SUFFER FROM THIS DISEASE.
Normally, the airways of your lungs are open, allowing the air you breathe to move in and out easily. When you have asthma, exposure to inhaled irritants, or triggers, can cause the walls of your airways to become inflamed and the muscles around the airways to tighten up. This makes your airways narrower, leaving less room for air to flow.
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HOW IS ASTHMA DIFFERENT
FROM COPD, EMPHYSEMA, OR CHRONIC BRONCHITIS?
Patients 12 years of age or older with intermittent asthma experience symptoms 2 days a week or less, wake up at night 2 times a month or less, and experience no interference with normal activity.
Persistent asthma in people 12 years of age or older is classified as mild, moderate, or severe, depending on symptoms.
PEOPLE WITH MILD PERSISTENT ASTHMA
experience symptoms more than 2 days a week, but not daily and wake up at night 3 to 4 times a month, and have only minor limitation in their normal activity
PEOPLE WITH MODERATE PERSISTENT ASTHMA
experience symptoms every day, wake up at night more than once a week, and have some limitation in their normal activity
PEOPLE WITH SEVERE PERSISTENT ASTHMA
experience symptoms throughout the day, often wake up at night 7 times a week, and their normal activity is extremely limited
It is important to treat your asthma and have a plan that can help manage your condition.