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Asthma Center for Kids

  • Can the Weather Affect My Asthma?

    Weather can affect a person's asthma. Find out how in this article for kids.

  • Smoking and Asthma

    Smoking - or even breathing in secondhand smoke - can make asthma worse. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Traveling and Asthma

    Packing for a trip? If you have asthma, you'll want to be prepared so breathing trouble doesn't spoil your fun. Find out more in this article for kids.

  • Asthma Movie

    Take a look inside a person's lungs when asthma is making it hard to breathe.

  • Word! Airway Obstruction

    When something keeps the air from moving in and out of the airways in your lungs, it's called an airway obstruction.

  • Word! Airways

    The airways in your lungs are like tubes or straws.

  • Word! Allergen

    An allergen is a medical word for anything that causes an allergic reaction.

  • Word! Allergy Shots and Immunotherapy

    Imagine if you were always sneezing because you were allergic to something.

  • Word! Allergy-Triggered Asthma

    Most kids who have asthma also have some kind of allergy, too.

  • Word! Animal Dander

    All warm-blooded animals shed tiny flakes from their skin. This is called dander.

  • Word! Asthma

    Someone with asthma can have trouble breathing because of problems with the airways, the tubes that carry air into the lungs.

  • Word! Asthma Action Plan

    Lots of stuff goes more smoothly when you have a plan - and that includes dealing with asthma.

  • Word! Asthma Flare-Up

    When a person has a lot of trouble with wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath, it's called an asthma flare-up, or attack.

  • Word! Bronchial Tubes

    These tubes, or airways, let air in and out of your lungs, so you can breathe.

  • Word! Bronchoconstriction

    Actually, bronchoconstriction affects the airways in a person's lungs.

  • Word! Bronchodilator

    A person with asthma may need to take a medication called a bronchodilator - something that dilates (a fancy word for opens) the airways, or bronchial tubes.

  • Word! Corticosteroids

    Controller medicine keeps the airways in the lungs open and clear so kids with asthma can breathe.

  • Word! Cough

    A cough is a reflex that helps your body clear your throat and lungs.

  • Word! Dust Mites

    Dust mites are teeny, tiny bugs that live in household dust.

  • Word! Exercise-Induced Asthma

    Some people have asthma symptoms (such as coughing, wheezing, or trouble breathing) only when they're doing sports or being active.

  • Word! Histamine

    Histamine is a substance in the body that's released during an allergic reaction.

  • Word! Inhaler

    An inhaler, also called a puffer, is a plastic tube that holds a container of medicine that comes out in a spray and is breathed into the lungs.

  • Word! Long-Term Control Medicines

    Many people with asthma need to take medicine every day to control their asthma.

  • Word! Lung Function Tests

    How well do your lungs function? In other words, how well are you breathing?

  • Word! Nebulizer

    A nebulizer may sound like a space gun, but you don't have to be on a spaceship to use it.

  • Word! Peak Flow Meter

    Lots of kids who have asthma use a special tool called a peak flow meter to measure how quickly they can push air out of their lungs.

  • Word! Pollen

    Pollen is a fine powder produced by certain plants.

  • Word! Quick-Relief Medicines

    Quick-relief medicines are a type of asthma medicine that works quickly.

  • Word! Retractions

    Retractions are a sign someone is working hard to breathe.

  • Word! Spacer

    A spacer makes it easier to use an inhaler.

  • Word! Spirometer

    A spirometer is an instrument that measures how well your lungs are working.

  • Word! Sulfites

    Sulfites are food preservatives that can cause breathing difficulties in some people with asthma.

  • Word! Triggers

    With asthma, a trigger is anything that brings on asthma symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and trouble breathing.

  • Word! Wheeze

    A wheeze is the whistling sound air makes when your breathing tubes are narrowed.

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