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Asthma must be aggressively attacked. Asthma intervention with public health strategies are needed in three major areas: medical management, environment and schools.
With the guidance of our Asthma Collaborative, we are actively working toward reducing the severity and prevalence of asthma in our local communities.
It is estimated that over 300,000 people have asthma in the Breathe California of Sacramento Emigrant Trails 28 county service area and asthma is one of the leading cause of school absences and lost workdays.
Why is it such a problem? The increase is related to complex and multiple causes including:
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Asthma is a long term disease that affects the lungs. It causes the airways to become inflamed and narrow or blocked, caused by a heightened sensitivity to various stimuli.
When you have asthma, certain things that generally do not bother people without asthma can affect your sensitive airways. These things are called asthma triggers. They can be irritants, infections, exercise, or allergens.
Irritants, infections, and exercise are triggers for most people with asthma. Many people with asthma are also sensitized to allergens such as pollens, animal dander, cockroaches, dust and molds. You should discuss with your doctor whether you are allergic to anything and, if you are, what you are allergic to.
Once you have identified your particular asthma triggers, you can often control your asthma by avoiding them.
Those affected by asthma usually suffer from wheezing, loss of breath, chest tightness and nighttime or early morning coughing. Breathing problems and wheezing associated with asthma typically occur in “episodes” – a series of events that result in narrowed airways.
The symptoms of asthma may be different for each person. You may have a dry cough at night or wheeze when you have a cold. You may have chest tightness when you exercise. You may have episodes of wheezing and difficulty breathing. When asthma begins to act up, you may have a scratchy throat, itchy eyes, or a runny nose.
You may have symptoms every day or only occasionally. Learn to recognize your own symptoms and what to do. If you act quickly, your attack is likely to be less severe. Work with your health care provider to make an individualized plan to control your asthma.
Taking the proper medication can help control asthma. If not properly managed, asthma can be a life-threatening disease.
Medicine, either taken in the form of a pill or through an inhaler, can help to avoid the onset of asthma attacks. Quick-relief and long-term control options are both available.
Quick relief medicines help to control the symptoms in the event of an attack while long-term control medication can reduce the number and severity of attacks but do not assist during an actual attack. If you are experiencing constant coughing, chest tightness, wheezing or colds lasting more than 10 days, contact your doctor.