There are many forms of lung disease. Asthma is a lung disease that makes breathing difficult for nearly 23 million Americans, including 7 million children. Learning more about the disease is the first step in helping children and adults with asthma breathe easier. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), also known as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a serious disease. The good news is that COPD is often preventable and treatable.
When you can’t breathe, nothing is more important than getting air into your lungs. The gasping can be terrifying. But if you have asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), breathing is not as easy as is should be.
COPD is a group of lung diseases characterized by limited airflow with different degrees of lung tissue destruction. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are the most common forms of COPD. Asthma is a condition in which the air passages of the lungs are red and swollen. This inflammation of the air passages makes them extra-sensitive to many different things that can “trigger” asthma symptoms.
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- American Lung Association
- American Lung Association of Minnesota
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology