Asthma Education
Asthma Facts
What is Asthma? Asthma is a chronic inflammatory (swelling) disease of the airways that causes frequent difficult periods of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be difficult to diagnose and to differentiate from other respiratory illnesses.

Is there a cure for asthma? No, but it can be controlled. Students with asthma should be able to live healthy active lives with few symptoms.

Can a person die from asthma? Yes. Nearly 4,000 Americans died of asthma in 2005. Some of those deaths could have been prevented with proper management and care.

Can asthma be managed/controlled? Yes, Asthma can be managed/controlled by doing the following:                                                                                      

  • Seeing your doctor regularly,
  • Taking doctor prescribe medication as directed
  • Knowing your peak flow and symptoms
  • Having an Asthma Action Plan (AAP) knowing what triggers your asthma, and staying away from asthma triggers.

How do you get asthma?

  • Some people are born with asthma
  • Asthma may be genetic ( parent and child both have asthma)
  • Environmental exposures.
  • Being exposed to secondhand smoke.

 What triggers asthma? Asthma triggers are things that make your asthma worse and everyone has different triggers.                    

Common triggers are: 

  • Dust mites
  • Cock roaches
  • Plants/ flowers
  • Mold
  • Dogs/ Cats
  • Tobacco smoke
 Can you out grow asthma? Few people outgrow asthma.  Asthma is a chronic disease and most people who have asthma will have it all their lives.  While there is no cure for asthma, it can be controlled by taking the asthma medicines your doctor prescribes and seeing your primary care physician regularly.