What is asthma?
Asthma is characterized by episodes of shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. Asthma is the leading cause of hospitalization and missed school days among children due to chronic conditions.
Asthma attacks may be triggered by infections (colds, viruses), some medications, allergens (pollen, molds, dust, animals, and cockroaches), exercise, weather (cold air, changes in temperature), tobacco smoke, air pollution, strong odors and emotional stress.
Asthma Action Plan
The American Lung Association (ALA) encourages people with asthma to develop an asthma action plan. The ALA says that, an asthma action plan is a written, individualized worksheet that shows you the steps to prevent your asthma from getting worse. It also provides guidance on when to call your healthcare provider or when to go to the emergency room right away. The plan helps others assist you in managing an asthma emergency when at school, work, childcare, and other public settings.
Your asthma action plan should include:
- Your name
- Emergency contact information for your healthcare provider
- Your asthma severity classification
- A list of triggers that may cause an asthma attack
- Click here for the Greater Cleveland Asthma Coalition Summary Report
- Click here to view the Asthma & Environmental Education for Health Professionals Presentation
- Asthma Community Network
- Asthma Treatment Guide
- Asthma Fact Sheet
- Bronchial Thermoplasty Fact Sheet