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Childhood Asthma - Glossary

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Anticholinergic: A medicine that opens the airways by relaxing the muscle bands that tighten around it

Spacer: A spacer is a device that can be attached to the end of a metered dose inhaler to help get medicine into the lungs
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Nebulizer: A small portable device used to deliver asthma medication

Wheezing: A whistling sound that occurs when air moves through narrowed or tightened airways

Corticosteroids: A group of anti inflammatory drugs similar to the natural corticosteroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland

Bronchitis: A chronic inflammatory lung disease characterized by recurrent breathing problems

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