Bronchial asthma is due to chronic inflammation of the airways. It affects 20 per cent of children in Singapore. Common symptoms are wheezing, coughing (with or without phlegm) and chest tightness (particularly after vigorous exercise).
Triggers range from external factors such as irritants (haze) and allergens (animal fur) to strenuous physical activity and emotional factors (e.g. anxiety). There is no cure for asthma but with appropriate treatment, many children can lead normal lives.
The above information is not a substitute for a doctor's medical advice. Consult your family doctor or a specialist if you have any concerns about your health.
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