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Asthma is a chronic condition that affects the lungs and airways of millions of people worldwide. People with asthma have sensitive airways that easily become irritated and inflamed, causing a narrowing of the airways and making it difficult to breathe.
Asthma can develop in people of all ages but usually begins in childhood. In the U.S., asthma affects around 25 million people—including 6 million children under the age of 18. In adults, the condition is more common in women than men, but more research is needed to determine the cause of this disparity.
There’s no cure for asthma, but medication and lifestyle modifications can help ease symptoms. With proper treatment, people with asthma can lead full, active lives. Below, learn more about asthma, its effect on the body, available treatments and more.