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Puffers are becoming as common as sandwiches in school backpacks. Asthma is a lung condition that affects millions of people, including 13% of Canadian kids. People with asthma may cough, wheeze, or have trouble breathing. The Lung Association is committed to supporting those affected by this chronic inflammatory disease and helping them to live their best life. Here you will find the ‘need to know’ info on asthma such as diagnosis, treatments, and triggers. You will also find some practical suggestions for managing it effectively. Learn about asthma and make the most of your breath!

Asthma facts and FAQs

ASTHMA IS A CHRONIC (life time) disease that makes it hard to breathe for your lungs. Asthma can’t be cured, but with proper treatment, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.


Symptoms and diagnosis

DIFFERENT PEOPLE HAVE different asthma symptoms, which can change over time or depending on the situation.


Risks and complications

YOU CAN GET ASTHMA at any age, but it is most often diagnosed in childhood. With asthma, each person has their own set of asthma triggers.


Asthma attacks

LEARN WHAT TO DO when your asthma gets out of control. Whether your asthma is mild, moderate or severe, flare-ups and attacks need to be taken seriously.


Treatment and medication

MEDICATIONS ARE USUALLY NEEDED for asthma, even if it’s mild asthma. New asthma medications are continually being discovered and there are several effective asthma drugs in the market that help get asthma under control.


Management and support

ASTHMA CAN’T BE CURED, but it can be managed. With good asthma management, you should usually be symptom-free and enjoy a full and active life.


Work-related asthma

WORK-RELATED ASTHMA is a serious breathing disease that is caused by or made worse (exacerbated) by something in your workplace. Learn more about this specific type of asthma, and find out how you can take action to protect your breath.