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What is asthma?

Asthma is a common condition characterized by respiratory distress, including wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. These symptoms result from narrowing of the small air passages, which is a result of irration of the bronchial tubes by allergic reactions. Asthma attacks may be very serious and require emergency medical attention.

What should teachers know about asthma?

Teachers should be aware of students who have asthma, and what allergens may trigger a student's asthma attacks. They should know if the student has physical limitations. Prescription medication (usually inhalers) should be available to the student in the classroom. During and after an attack, the student should be allowed to relax and not be forced to perform as usual in class. Teacher's should educate classmates about the nature of asthma and prepare them for understanding asthmatic attacks.

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