Asthma

Asthma is a disease of extra-sensitive airways of the lungs, sometimes making it very hard to breathe. Asthma can strike people at any age and is the most common lifelong illness in children.
Asthma is a serious disease that can be successfully taken care of with the right medicines and education. If asthma is not treated, it can be deadly.

There is no cure for asthma but it can be controlled. You will have asthma all your life. Learning about asthma and what may start (trigger) an attack can reduce the challenges it causes.

With asthma, you have to always watch for its signs, symptoms, and triggers, and remember to take your medicine. However, asthma doesn’t have to keep you from doing the things you want to do as long as you follow a management plan to control your asthma.

Watch out for asthma signs and symptoms and:

  • Know what to do for an asthma attack.
  • Take your prescribed asthma medicine all the time exactly as your doctor tells you.
  • Ask questions and stay informed about your asthma.
  • Invite your family and friends to be part of your asthma support team.

You can live a long and healthy life with asthma. The first step is to control your asthma by recognizing your asthma signs and symptoms!

Six Steps To Managing Your Asthma

Asthma Action Plan

Open Airways for Schools

Asthma 101 

Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative: The Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative is a comprehensive approach to asthma management in schools. By providing tools and resources, schools and communities are better able to create a sustainable, asthma management plan within their existing school structure.  Click here to learn more and download resources.