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How does asthma affect your breathing?

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Asthma is a long-term disease that makes your airways swollen, inflamed, and narrow, so it’s hard to move air in and out of your lungs. Along with feeling short of breath, you may also wheeze, which means you make a whistle sound when you breathe.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Shortness of Breath.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Asthma?”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Series: “Breathlessness.”

National Institute on Aging, Age Page: “Understanding Lung Problems—Make Each Breath Count.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Interstitial Lung Disease.”

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: “About PF.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Consumer Version: “Shortness of Breath.”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is Asthma?”

American Thoracic Society Patient Information Series: “Breathlessness.”

National Institute on Aging, Age Page: “Understanding Lung Problems—Make Each Breath Count.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pulmonary Embolism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Interstitial Lung Disease.”

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: “About PF.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 12, 2018

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