Asthma is the number one chronic disease among students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Over 14,000 CMS students have been identified with asthma.
Asthma also is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. In an average classroom 30 students 3 students may have asthma. Several students with asthma may go undiagnosed or unidentified.
If asthma symptoms are uncontrolled, students with asthma may:
If your child has asthma, it is very important to tell your child's school nurse, teacher, coach, and caregivers. Please contact any CMS school nurse for more information or assistance in managing your child's asthma.
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe. When a child with asthma is exposed to a ‘trigger’, the airways become narrow/constricted and often swollen or inflamed. During an asthma episode (or attack) three main things can happen: Think “SET.”
Late asthma signs:
Steps You Should Take In An Asthma Emergency:
Call "911" if the student has any of the following:
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 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.
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion websiteswww.cdc.govwww.cdc.gov/asthmawww.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/asthma/https://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/effects/air_pollution.htmwww.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm (Asthma Fact Sheets)