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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – May marks National Asthma Awareness Month, and today is World Asthma Day. Asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases, causing repeated episodes of wheezing and shortness of breath.

Dr. Judy Anderson, a pediatrician for CHI Memorial Medical Group, says as Summer approaches, those living with Asthma can have an especially difficult time being triggered by certain allergens outside.

“The most important thing about staying safe with asthma is prevention,” said Dr. Anderson, “As long as you have your medication, you haven’t ran out of medication, you don’t even usually have to go in to see the physician.”

According to the CDC, more than more than 24 million Americans are living with Asthma, eight percent of which are children. For more information on prevention and medication, click here.

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