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Living With Asthma

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Get Fit, Breathe Easier

Having asthma, even exercise-induced asthma, doesn't have to keep you out of the game. Here's how to get fit, steer clear of allergens, and breathe easier every day.   View Feature

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Best Foods for Your Lungs

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Can what you eat affect asthma? Although research is far from definitive, there are some hints that this might be true. And it seems as if the same foods touted by experts to be good for our health overall are also less likely to exacerbate asthma.   View slideshow

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Best and Worst Exercises for Asthma

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Almost 20 million Americans have asthma and, for many of them, exercise is a symptom trigger. Fortunately, having asthma, even exercise-induced asthma, doesn't have to keep you out of the game.   View slideshow

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8 Asthma Triggers

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Asthma triggers can vary from person to person, but here are the most likely culprits when it comes to causing asthma symptoms like shortness of breath or coughing.   View slideshow

Word Search: Learning the Lingo of Asthma

Asthma isn't fun. But learning about asthma doesn't have to be a drag. See how fast you can find some of the most common asthma-related terms in our asthma word search.   Read More

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Healthiest Plants for Your Home

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Chemicals from air fresheners and furniture can make indoor air toxic, but according to experts, adding greenery to your home can help. Here are five great picks for houseplants that are available at most nurseries.   View slideshow

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Protect Your Home From Mold and Mildew

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With more than 100,000 species worldwide, roughly a thousand of which are native to the United States, molds are literally everywhere on the planet.   View slideshow

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How to Reduce Pet Allergens at Home

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Pets can be your best friends, but if you have allergies or asthma, they can also be your worst enemy. Pets shed dander, a combination of dead skin cells and hair (or feathers), which can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions in some people. However, you can cut down on pet allergens at home.   View slideshow

For Olympians and Weekend Warriors Alike, Winter Sports Can Trigger Asthma

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Exercise-induced asthma is surprisingly common among people who work out in cold climates. Wheezing, chest tightness, and the other symptoms of exercise-induced asthma generally begin several minutes after you begin working out. With the right medications and precautions, exercise-induced asthma won’t keep you from your daily workout.  Read More

Living With Asthma

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Finding out that your child has asthma can be tough. And in the early days, sorting out the right medication—and how and when to take it—can be tougher still. The good news is that the more you know about asthma, the better your chance of stopping the coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath that led to the diagnosis in the first place.  Read More

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10 Best Big Cities for People With Asthma

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Big cities like Seattle, Washington, Boise, Idaho, Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon, and Minneapolis, are the best to live in for people with asthma or allergies.   View slideshow

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How to Stop Allergies at Home

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Allergy-causing culprits hide in many unexpected places and now it's time to send those pests packing. Click through for tips on how to cut down on allergic reactions in your house by cleaning and getting the right equipment.   View slideshow

MY STORY

As a New Mom, I Struggled With My Daughter's Chronic Cough

I wish I had known more about asthma
Kelly-Harmsen
My daughter always seemed to be sick as a baby. I thought she had the croup because she would often wake up in the middle of the night with a barking cough. But it got worse. We lived in Chicago, and whenever the weather changed—from hot to cold or even vice versa—she would develop a persistent, phlegmy-sounding cough.  Read More

MY STORY

Chlorine Triggers My Asthma, but I'm Still a Triathlete

I tend to have symptoms two or three hours after a swim
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Despite my asthma symptoms, I’ve been able to stay very active. While I was living in California, I decided to try a triathlon—it was something I had always wanted to do. I would show up for mini-distance races and come in last, but I always knew I would do another one. For the five years I lived on the West Coast, I did shorter-distance triathlons.  Read More

My Chronic Cough Turned Out to Be Adult Asthma

To get my health back, I signed up for a half-marathon
Laura-Finlayson
In August 2008, I developed a nasty case of pneumonia. I just couldn’t seem to get better. Doctors gave me antibiotics and then even more antibiotics, but they couldn’t get the symptoms under control. My coughing was so bad that people in my office were scared of me; one coworker even asked me if I had been checked for tuberculosis.  Read More

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Star Athletes With Asthma

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Most sports require fitness and endurance, and asthma can make working out difficult. But the record books are filled with athletes who overcame asthma on their way to victory.   View slideshow

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