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Asthma for Teens and Young Adults


Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways. Your airways are tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs. Your airways can become sore and swollen when you have asthma. This makes your lungs get less air. They may react strongly to things you have an allergy to. Sometimes this is called an asthma attack. Very bad asthma attacks may require emergency care. Asthma can be controlled with medicines.

Symptoms of asthma are:

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing, especially early in the morning or at night
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath

Not all people who have asthma have these symptoms. Having these symptoms may not mean that you have asthma. Your doctor will give you tests to see if you have asthma.1

Material Adapted from MedlinePlus
1. Asthma. (2015, Aug 31).