Asthma attacks often are compared to being submerged in water and breathing only through a straw or having bricks piled on your chest. With those comparisons, it’s easy to see that this incurable disease can significantly limit a person’s quality of life.
It’s one of the most common chronic diseases in the country, and Kentucky has some of the nation’s highest asthma rates. One of every 10 school-age children and one of every 11 adults in Kentucky has asthma.
The good news is most people with asthma can control their symptoms, including chronic wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing, and prevent asthma attacks.
Successful management includes:
- Visiting your doctor regularly and developing a treatment plan
- Using long-term controller medications and rescue medications correctly
- Avoiding asthma triggers
Teaching school children to manage asthma symptoms is one of the most effective things we can do to improve their quality of life. That’s why our coordinated school health team and health educators are proud to help students develop and practice individual asthma action plans and to educate all members of the school community about the importance of asthma management.