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Exercising with Asthma

Asthma is a condition often misunderstood and it’s partly because of all the myths that surround the condition. Those with asthma often hear things like: “you are not sick, it’s all in your head” or “you shouldn’t exercise, it may worsen your symptoms.” These misconceptions are simply not true. Asthma is a chronic disease that …

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Debunking Asthma Myths

When asthma takes your breath away, you reach for your inhaler. This can happen anywhere at any time and often people around will ask you about it.  Telling them you have asthma may put you in an uncomfortable situation. They may start asking questions and giving you tons of advice based on misconceptions about the …

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A Hidden Asthma Trigger

As deadlines, chores, and everyday life activities pile up you may start to feel your airways become inflamed, and breathing becoming more difficult. All the early signs of an asthma attack are present, but there are no visible triggers nearby.  Stress, like dust mites, pollen or smoke, can be a common asthma trigger in some …

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Take a deep breath: Asthma doesn’t have to interfere with personal relationships

Thinking about dating, relationships, and sex might be nerve-racking for everyone, but it can be especially challenging for those suffering from asthma. You see your date across the restaurant, feel your chest start to tighten, your breath is shortened and you consider walking out the door before you start wheezing. Reaching for your inhaler can …

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Asthma vs COPD: What’s the Difference?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects more than 30 million Americans. Mainly caused by cigarette smoking, COPD symptoms don’t usually become apparent until there is significant lung damage. In Florida alone, 7.1% of the population is affected by COPD. With symptoms such as shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, COPD is often misdiagnosed as asthma, …

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