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... Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that is characterized by the bronchial tubes becoming obstructed, which causes the production of excess mucus. This buildup of mucus can lead to the individual having difficulty in breathing, prompting coughing, shortness of breath, and tightening of the chest. While some individuals find asthma to be simply a nuisance, it can become a life-threatening problem for others. Asthma cannot be cured, but there are treatments available for symptoms. The most typical treatments for asthma sufferers include a short-acting beta-2 agonist that is inhaled, corticosteroids, glucocorticoids, and bronchodilators. It is important that therapists be familiar with asthma so...