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Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by episodes or attacks of inflammation and narrowing of small airways in response to asthma “triggers.” Asthma attacks can vary from mild to life-threatening and involve shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, chest pain or tightness, or a combination of these symptoms. Many factors can trigger an asthma attack, including allergens, infections, exercise, abrupt changes in the weather, or exposure to airway irritants, such as tobacco smoke.



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Florida Asthma Prevention and Control Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Asthma

Environmental Protection Agency, Asthma

American Lung Association, Healthy Air

 

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