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A breath of fresh air: identifying common triggers for asthma

A breath of fresh air: identifying common triggers for asthma

Asthma

Charles Broomhead
FRCGP GP
Sutton Coldfield
Honorary Clinical Lecturer
Birmingham University

Asthma is commonly defined as "a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways and is associated with airway hyper-responsiveness that leads to recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing".1 The symptoms of asthma in small children may be less specific than in adults, but still usually remain intermittent and can be triggered by a variety of factors.

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