What is it?
Today, millions of children have some form of bronchial asthma. Childhood asthma is considered one of the two most common pediatric ailments for hospital admission. Asthma is defined as a reversible obstructive airway disease. It is comforting to know that, with proper management, the symptoms of asthma are not permanent and that no lasting lung damage results from asthma attacks.
As many as 90 percent of children with asthma have allergies that aggravate their asthma. The allergens to which they are sensitized are primarily those which can be inhaled (including dust mite allergen, animal dander, and indoor mold). Taking steps to avoid or eliminate these allergens can lessen asthma symptoms, even for those with a severe case of asthma.
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