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Asthma and Allergies
Asthma is a lung disease. More than 7 million children in the United States have asthma. Another 40 to 50 million people have allergies. Asthma makes it hard to breathe. If you have asthma, your chest often feels tight, your breathing sounds raspy, and you are wheezing and coughing. Allergies can make you have a runny nose, watery eyes and sneezing. Allergies can also affect your skin with a rash or itching. There are many items in the home environment that can cause asthma attacks, and they are called “triggers.” An example of a trigger is pollen from trees and flowers. Other triggers come from chemicals, dogs and cats, cockroaches, mice, mold, and cigarette smoke. Some of these triggers are very small ‐ dust mites are tiny “bugs” that you can’t see and they live everywhere ‐ in carpets, bedding, furniture, and stuffed animals.
Here is a list of training related to Asthma and Allergies:
- Asthma Community Network
- Smoke Free
- Guide to Sustaining Effective Asthma Home Intervention Programs