What is Asthma?

Asthma is a controllable, chronic disease that causes breathing problems.  During an asthma episode, the muscles that wrap around the airways tighten, the lining of the airways becomes swollen, and thick mucus is produced.  The swelling, muscle tightening, and mucus block the airways, making it difficult to breathe.


What can trigger an asthma episode?

Tobacco smoke, dust mites, pet dander, exercise, sports or play, pollen or outdoor mold, strong odors or sprays, cockroaches, colds or respiratory infections, anxiety, cold air, and weather changes.




How do you recognize asthma?

Coughing, especially at night, early morning or with exercise or activity, shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness.




How can I control my asthma?

Identifying triggers and symptoms can take time. Remove yourself from certain triggers that show a pattern of causing an asthma episode.




How long will it take before I can control asthma episodes?

Don't be discouraged. It could take time to control your asthma. How long it takes to control asthma depends on the age, severity of symptoms, how often episodes occur, and how willing the family is to follow a doctor's prescribed Asthma Action Plan.