Soccer star David Beckham. Actress Jessica Alba. Singer Billy Joel.
What do these celebrities have in common? They all have asthma – a chronic condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave your lungs.
There are two types of asthma:
- Allergic. This type is triggered by exposure to an allergen, such as mold or pet dander.
- Non-allergic. This is brought on by factors such as stress, exercise, illness, extreme weather, irritants in the air and certain medications.
As a chronic condition, asthma is something you’ll have to manage regularly. But the good news is you don’t have to face it alone. And here’s the great news: Just like David, Jessica and Billy, you don’t have to let asthma hold you back.
With the help of an allergist, many people with asthma manage the condition well and live healthy and productive lives.
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