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Asthma occurs when the linings of lung airways become inflamed and swollen and muscle pasms block airflow to the lungs. Although the exact cause of asthma is not known, many treatments are available to control the disease.

Over 22 million Americans suffer from asthma and with over 4,000 deaths a year caused by the condition, it’s not something to take lightly.

Here with details on what you need to know about asthma and where you can get free asthma screening is Dr. Clifford Bassett, medical director of the Allergy and Asthma Care of New York. Dr. Bassett will also talk about what it is asthma, who has it, its symptoms, triggers and treatments. Our Dr. Steve will take a spirometer test.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is sponsoring the Nationwide Asthma Screening Program. To find a screening near you, log onto www.allergyandasthmarelief.org.

Originally posted on WPIX