Asthma rates have been on the rise for some time - in 2009 nearly 1 in 12 Americans were diagnosed with the long-term inflammatory disease that restricts airways and makes it difficult to breathe.
Other symptoms include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness, and these often get worse when the patient is also fighting a common cold or flu.
Asthma affects people of all ages, but especially children: Up to 10% of children are diagnosed with childhood asthma. Many will grow out of it, but the disease and treatment may impair their lung function and other growth factors in the long term.
While there are medications to help control asthma, medical experts stress the importance of the environment on asthma. Here are five ways to reduce the risk of asthma attacks:
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