Newswise — Coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Anyone who has these symptoms – whether they happen frequently, just at night or during exercise – might be at risk for asthma, a disease that affects more than 24 million Americans.

To help people find out of their breathing problems could be asthma, and to help diagnosed asthmatics make sure their disease is under control, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is offering its 15th annual Nationwide Asthma Screening Program.

The screenings are free and take place at sites across the country this spring. A special effort is being made to reach people who have difficulty breathing during or after exercise, a condition called Exercise Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB) An estimated 80 percent to 90 percent of people who have asthma also have EIB.

Allergist Dr. John Winder, chair of the Nationwide Asthma Screening Program, is available to discuss asthma, EIB and the free screenings. The screenings are part of National Asthma Awareness Month this May.

Although asthma is a serious disease, an allergist can help children and adults keep their condition under control, find treatments and medications to help keep symptoms in check.

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