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What is Asthma?
- Chronic inflammatory disease of the airways
- An obstruction of airflow
- An increased sensitivity of the airways
- Disease that cannot be cured, but can be controlled
Causes of Asthma
- Exact cause - still unknown
- Genetics – If other family members have asthma, development is
- Early exposure – Exposure to tobacco smoke, infections and
allergens at a young age increases the chance of developing asthma.
Symptoms of Asthma
- Intermittent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness
- Severity and frequency differ
Triggers of Asthma
- Exercise – may be the only cause for some people
- Viral infections
- Tobacco smoke - #1 preventable asthma trigger
- Strong odors
- Extreme temperature changes
- Air pollution
- Emotions - crying, laughing, stress
- Animal dander - skin, hair, feathers
- Dust mites - found in dust
Removing/eliminating the trigger can drastically reduce asthma symptoms
Basic Asthma Management
- Take prescribed medication.
- Develop an
asthma action plan with your physician, and follow it.
- Avoid asthma triggers.
- Get an annual influenza vaccination.
Flu Clinic Locator - Influenza or "the flu" is not
merely the common cold, but a serious respiratory illness. Flu
season can begin as early as October, and last well into
springtime. The best way to reduce the effects of influenza is
through annual vaccination.
- Good communication between parents/guardians, physicians, and
teachers/care providers is essential in providing effective asthma
August 06, 2014