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Asthma screening program set for May 13

May 05, 2000

Adults and children who experience breathing problems such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath can find out if they have asthma during the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Nationwide Asthma Screening Program.

Hagerstown allergists - physicians who are asthma specialists - will screen adults and children for asthma Saturday, May 13, in the Community Room at Valley Mall in Hagerstown.

Symptoms of asthma include coughing, chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath. An asthma attack often is triggered by allergens, such as pollen, dust and animal dander, certain drugs and food additives, viral respiratory infections and physical exertion.

Area allergists will volunteer their time to conduct the free asthma-screening program.

During a screening, adults who are experiencing breathing problems complete a 20-question life quality test.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is introducing a test for children.

The kids' asthma check enables children ages 8 through 14 to answer questions about their breathing problems.

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Another version of the check is available for parents of children up to age 8 to complete on their child's behalf.

In addition to the test, participants take a lung function test that involves blowing into a tube.

They also meet with a physician to determine if they should seek a thorough examination and diagnosis.

Those who already know they have asthma can talk with a specialist about their disease and their efforts to keep symptoms under control.

For information, call 301-790-1482.

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