Asthma: a common chronic lung condition

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of the lungs.

Triggers cause symptoms

Exposure to triggers such as allergens or irritants can lead to asthma attacks. The disease causes narrowing and swelling of the airways leading to symptoms including difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest.

Although there is no cure, symptoms may be prevented by avoiding triggers and through established maintenance therapies including bronchodilators, inhaled corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory agents including biologics, anti-IgE agents and leukotriene inhibitors.

According to WHO estimates, more than 260 million people worldwide were affected by asthma in 2019. In the US alone, the yearly economic burden of asthma was over $80 billion in 2013. The CDC estimated approximately 60% of US adult asthmatics in 2019 had uncontrolled asthma despite regularly taking medication.

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