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Pediatric Outpatient Clinic Both campuses
(860) 224-5261

Pediatrics New Britain General campus
Pediatrics Department
(860) 224-5691

New Britain General campus
Inpatient Unit
(860) 224-5215

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What is Asthma?

What is asthma and how common is it?

Asthma is a chronic condition of the airways in the lungs and affects nearly seven million children under 18. It is the most common chronic illness among school-age children and a primary reason for missed school days.

Symptoms include gasping or shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing. Causes include allergies, environmental irritants such as second-hand smoke, and upper respiratory infections. Asthma symptoms and attacks often have triggers.

Triggers include:

  • allergies
  • upper respiratory infections
  • cold air
  • exercise
  • second-hand smoke
  • bedding and bed linens
  • mold
  • cleaning products
  • dust and dust mites
  • pets (e.g., cat, dog), rodents and cockroaches