A to Z: Asthmaenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgAsthma is a lung condition that causes difficulty breathing.asthma, lungs, respiratory, breath, breathing, trouble breathing, attack, flare-up, lung condition, airways, swelling, swollen, bronchial, trachea, windpipe10/16/201303/18/201909/02/2019c31608d5-17fd-452e-9b1a-8b581df1d2f8https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-asthma.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/asthma-center.html/">Asthma</a> is a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/">lung</a> condition that causes difficulty breathing.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>Asthma affects the bronchial tubes, also known as airways. When a person breathes normally, air is taken in through the nose or mouth and then goes into the trachea (windpipe), passing through the bronchial tubes, into the lungs, and finally back out again.</p> <p>But people with asthma have airways that are inflamed. This means that they swell and produce lots of thick mucus. The airways are also overly sensitive, or hyperreactive, to certain things, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/exercise-asthma.html/">exercise</a>, dust, or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/smoking-asthma.html/">cigarette smoke</a>. This hyperreactivity causes the smooth muscle that surrounds the airways to tighten up.</p> <p>The combination of airway inflammation and muscle tightening narrows the airways and makes it difficult for air to move through. When a person has a lot of trouble with wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath, it's called an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flare-up.html/">asthma flare-up</a>, or asthma attack.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>No one knows exactly what causes asthma. It's thought to be a combination of environmental and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/about-genetics.html/">genetic</a> (hereditary) factors. There's no cure for asthma, but it usually can be managed and flare-ups can be prevented. Although medications can play an essential role in preventing flare-ups, environmental control (avoiding contact with the allergens or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-triggers.html/">irritants</a> that cause the flare-ups)&nbsp;is also very important.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Asthma CenterVisit our Asthma Center for information and advice on managing and living with asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/asthma-center.html/fcf87d3b-2976-44ee-843e-5d897168cc59
Asthma Factsheet (for Schools)What teachers should know about asthma, and how to help students prevent and deal with flare-ups.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-factsheet.html/017ea11a-2dd3-4e51-bb0d-251815c87f63
Asthma MovieTake a look inside a person's lungs when asthma is making it hard to breathe.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-movie.html/e42227e4-e329-4427-9733-77939c2f0167
Asthma-Safe HomesHere's steps to remove or minimize triggers at home that cause asthma flare-ups.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/asthma-homes.html/b3a43bd7-a584-4f82-bd4d-105c72f56e4b
Asthma: Parents Talk (Video)Hear what parents have to say about raising kids with asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-parents.html/06b5519b-7d09-4101-9f9e-79273b480945
Handling an Asthma Flare-UpHow can you prepare for an asthma flare-up? Find out in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/asthma-flare-up.html/299f548c-fa21-4edd-8681-ede63bc903f8
Managing AsthmaAsthma control can take a little time and energy to master, but it's worth the effort. Learn more about ways to manage your child's asthma.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/asthma-mgmt.html/16fdd0ed-abfc-4f6e-9ecd-df6bbde41d3b
School and AsthmaLots of teens have asthma. Here are tips on keeping it under control so you can prevent (or manage) a flare-up at school.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/school-asthma.html/919224e7-b8ae-473c-9a55-95ffacaf91a1
Your House: How to Make It Asthma-SafeIf you have asthma, you want to breathe easy at home. Find out how in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/house-asthma.html/60f3530d-39a9-465f-816b-cc47acb6ff50
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