10 facts on asthma

A painting about living with asthma
AAAAI/Philip B.

May 2011

Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by recurrent attacks of breathlessness and wheezing. The most common chronic disease among children, it currently affects 235 million people.

This fact file profiles the symptoms and risk factors of asthma and includes a selection of the winning entries from the 16th annual "Living with Asthma" poster contest in 2006. The contest was open to children (6-14 years) from the United States of America who suffer from asthma. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and the American Academy of Pediatrics jointly sponsored the contest.

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