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is a serious and ongoing disease that affects the airways of both adults and children. Airways are the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. Asthma is a chronic, long-term disease with no cure, but there are treatments available to help control and prevent asthma symptoms. Talk to your healthcare provider about treatment options that may be right for you.
To rule out other possible conditions — such as a respiratory infection or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) — your doctor will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your signs and symptoms and about any other health problems.
Prevention and long-term control are key in stopping asthma attacks before they start. Treatment usually involves learning to recognize your triggers and taking steps to avoid them, and tracking your breathing to make sure your daily asthma medications are keeping symptoms under control. In case of an asthma flare-up, you may need to use a quick-relief inhaler, such as albuterol.