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Respiratory illnesses can include a variety of problems, including colds, flu, runny noses, coughs, and sore throats. Some children may also have chronic illnesses that affect the breathing system, including asthma and cystic fibrosis (CF).

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If you, a family member, or a friend suffers from a respiratory problem, this information may help you better understand the condition.

Online Medical Reviewer: Bass, Pat F. III, MD, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: Fraser, Marianne, MSN, RN
Date Last Reviewed: 4/5/2014
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