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How common are breathing problems?

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More than 50 million Americans have hay fever or other allergies. And 17 million American adults have asthma. Oftentimes, asthma and allergies occur together. When they do, they can make life miserable if left untreated. Millions of Americans have breathing problems because of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Breathing problems may also stem from other serious problems such as lung cancer, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and lung disease related to HIV/AIDS.

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "What is Hay Fever?" American Lung Association: "Lung Disease." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is Allergy Testing?" MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests." American Lung Association: "Asthma Facts." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Rhinitis and Sinusitis."





Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

SOURCES: American Lung Association: "What is Hay Fever?" American Lung Association: "Lung Disease." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is Allergy Testing?" MedlinePlus: "Pulmonary Function Tests." American Lung Association: "Asthma Facts." American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: "Rhinitis and Sinusitis."





Reviewed by William Blahd on July 14, 2017

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