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Asthma is a condition of the airways. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers that set off their asthma. This makes it harder for them to breathe.

Three main factors cause the airways to narrow:

Asthma affects people of all ages. Some people get asthma when they are young; others when they are older. About one in ten Australian adults and one in nine or ten children have asthma. It is often associated with other allergic conditions like hay fever and eczema.

Typical asthma symptoms include:

The triggers for asthma symptoms vary for different people. Some common triggers are:

Asthma can be well controlled with the appropriate medication in almost all people. The main types of medication are:


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