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What you need to know about asthma

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Millions of people have a repository condition that could be deadly.

It’s called asthma and managing it isn’t always easy.

Dena Friedel’s takes a trip down memory lane and showcases the vital steps it took to control her daughter’s condition.

Her daughter Jordan was diagnosed with asthma before she even turned two.

“You could tell her breathing was very labored and it was very scary to watch,” said Friedel.

Her daughter is now 15, and carries both and emergency inhaler and epinephrine everywhere.

Jordan is also allergic to peanuts.

“The combination of that with the asthma puts her in the highest risk category for severe reactions,” said Friedel.

Dr. Brian Fornadel says the prevalence of asthma is going up.

It already affects 20 million people in the United States, and 7 million of those are children.

People may experience coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing and chest tightness.

Triggers of an attack are wide-ranging and can include everything from dust mites to detergents, cigarette smoke and perfume to outdoor allergens.

"If they have sudden onset of symptoms they can't access to their inhaler or if they just have severe disease they can get enough constriction of their breathing tubes in their lungs that they would suffocate,” said Dr. Fornadel.

Dr. Fornadel says new treatment for asthma is more about the delivery method -- also combinations of drugs such as corticosteroid plus a long acting bronchodilator.

Dr. Fornadel says some children grow out of asthma. Adults who've had asthma as a child could develop the condition again.

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