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What happens during a fl are-up/exacerbation? T e airways have a thin lining of mucus that helps air enter and leave the lungs smoothly. When the airways become swol- len, it is very diffi cult for the air to get in and then out. T e mucus that is originally meant to help with breathing becomes thick and begins to block the airways even more. T is in turn leads to a child with asthma having diffi culty breathing.


What causes asthma? T ere are many theories as to what causes asthma. It is well known that kids are more likely to have asthma if a parent has had it. Some also believe that because our society has become more aware of cleanli- ness, our immune systems are simply more sensitive to certain allergens. For example, earlier generations did not have antibacterial soap. Many families raised their own animals in order to survive. It is thought that their bodies were better pre- pared to fi ght off germs or particles that may cause asthma symptoms today. Still another theory is linked to our


society’s decreased activity and rise in obe- sity. It is well documented that those who are obese are more likely to have asthma.


What are “triggers”? Kids with asthma seem to be more sensi- tive to triggers — anything that causes one’s asthma symptoms to become more noticeable. Often triggers may throw someone with asthma into a full-blown asthma attack. T erefore, it is very important to become aware of your child’s triggers. Common triggers include


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second-hand smoke, strong odors, pollen, dust particles, pet dander, cockroaches and smog. Increased activity may act as a trigger — as can any extreme emotion, including laughter.


Can asthma be prevented or treated? Treating asthma is key to preventing asthma attacks. If asthma is treated properly, the infl ammation and obstruc- tion can be reversed. If asthma is not treated properly, over time, the airways can actually change and remain stiff and swollen. T is is known as remodeling of the airways. Remodeling is irreversible and should be prevented.


What are the symptoms of asthma? For most people, wheezing is considered the telltale sign of asthma. However,


It is very important to become aware of your child’s asthma triggers


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