Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that makes the air passages of the lungs narrow and swell. It often begins in childhood but can develop at any time in life. It is associated with allergies and family history. These individuals often have coexisting sinusitis, nasal polyps, and sensitivity to aspirin. Certain particulates in the environment may make it more prevalent, although the connection is not definitely known. In the adult population, certain occupational exposures to such things as plastic resins can cause people to develop asthma.
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