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  • Word! Inhaler

    An inhaler, also called a puffer, is a plastic tube that holds a container of medicine that comes out in a spray and is breathed into the lungs.

  • What's the Difference Between a Nebulizer and an Inhaler?

    People use inhalers and nebulizers to get asthma medicine into their lungs. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Asthma

    Asthma makes it hard to breathe. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Word! Spacer

    A spacer makes it easier to use an inhaler.

  • What's an Asthma Flare-Up?

    A kid who has asthma might have an asthma attack (or flare-up). Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Word! Bronchodilator

    A person with asthma may need to take a medication called a bronchodilator - something that dilates (a fancy word for opens) the airways, or bronchial tubes.

  • Kat's Asthma Story

    Kat doesn't let her asthma get in the way of playing sports. Find out how she does it in this article for kids.

  • Kids' Medical Dictionary

    Symptoms, inhaler, tonsillectomy - what do all those medical words mean? Check out our virtual glossary for lots of easy-to-read definitions.

  • Video: What Happens During an Asthma Flare-Up?

    Video: What Happens During an Asthma Flare-Up?

  • Medication & Monitoring

    Find out how asthma medicines can help control breathing problems.



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