Asthma affects Canadians of all ages and is the most common chronic lung disease amongst children

With asthma, the lungs become extremely sensitive, often making breathing difficult and leaving patients gasping for air. Airways tighten and become inflamed. Often there is a mucus build-up. This can restrict airflow.

It is generally a condition that is life long. For some it is a minor nuisance. For others It can be a major impact on health and lifestyle. Severity can change over time. There is no cure, but it can be controlled and managed.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest pain/ tightness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Heightened symptoms with cold or flu

Common Causes

  • Physical exertion
  • Airborne allergens
  • Pollen
  • Pet dander
  • Mold/ spores
  • Chemical irritants
  • Vapors
  • Fumes
  • Dust

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder

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