Dr. A. B. Consentino School
Asthma is a chronic, or lifelong, disease that can be serious—even life threatening. There is no cure for asthma. The good news is that it can be managed so you can live a normal, healthy life. The more you can learn about asthma, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this disease, making the most of every day, and maintaining the quality of life that is important to you.
Asthma is a lung disease that makes it harder to move air in and out of your lungs. Three things you should know about asthma:
1. Asthma is chronic. In other words, you live with it every day.
2. It can be serious – even life threatening.
3. There is no cure for asthma, but it can be managed so you live a normal, healthy life.
When you breathe, air passes through your nose and down your throat into your lungs. Inside your lungs are branching tubes called airways. With asthma, the airways are often swollen and red (or inflamed). This makes them extra sensitive to things that you are exposed to in the environment every day or asthma “triggers”. A trigger could be a cold, the weather, or things in the environment, such as dust, chemicals, smoke and pet dander.
When someone with asthma breathes in a trigger, the insides of the airways make extra mucus and swell even more. This narrows the space for the air to move in and out of the lungs. The muscles that wrap around your airways can also tighten, making breathing even harder. When that happens, it’s called an asthma flare-up, asthma episode or asthma “attack”.
(Learning More About Asthma, 2014)
Learning More About Asthma. (2014). Retrieved from American Lung Association: http://www.lung.org/lung-disease/asthma/learning-more-about-asthma/
If your child has-ASTHMA
The School Nurse Needs
- A Doctors order for an Inhaler
- A Parent’s consent for Medication Administration
- An Authorization for Exchange of Health Information
- A Request for Release of Health Records
- Your Child’s Inhaler
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