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Asthma is a common disease of the lower airways that affects approximately 10-15% of Canadian children and 5% of adults. Although at this time there is no cure for asthma, today there are better treatments available to control asthma symptoms. Asthma is a serious disease that can severely affect one's health and well being, but with proper management, a good quality of life can be maintained.
Asthma is a condition that affects the airways in the lungs. Just as some people have very sensitive skin, persons with asthma have overly sensitive or "twitchy airways". This means the airways react to certain things called triggers. These triggers cause the airways to become narrowed and make it difficult to get air in and out of his or her lungs.
The airways become narrowed in three different ways:
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