Asthma is a chronic lung disease. Research has established that the two main components of asthma are inflammation (swelling and excess mucus build-up in the airways) and bronchoconstriction (tightening of the muscles surrounding the airways). Treating both components is necessary for many patients to achieve optimal asthma control.
Asthma symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, or cough. Other signs of asthma can include a persistent cough at night; difficulty breathing during, or soon after, physical exertion or exercise; or waking up at night because of one or more of these symptoms. Asthma is unpredictable. Asthma symptoms may seem mild or even nonexistent, but they can flare up and be severe at any time.
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*The Childhood Asthma Control Test is for children 4 to 11 years of age to complete with their parents or guardians.
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