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About Asthma    En Español

What is Asthma?

  • Asthma is a serious chronic (on-going) disease in
    which the airways of the lungs become swollen or inflamed
  • This causes symptoms like wheezing, coughing,
    chest tightness or trouble breathing
  • Asthma can’t be cured but it can be controlled

Key Signs and Symptoms of Asthma

If you often experience any of the following, talk to your health care provider:

  1. Cough – may be worse at night
  2. Wheezing – high pitched whistling sounds when breathing, especially in children
  3. Difficulty breathing
  4. Chest tightness

If symptoms occur or get worse in the following situations, talk to your health care provider:

  1. Exercise
  2. Viral infection (example – flu, colds, sinus infections)
  3. Exposure to animals, dust mites, mold, or pollen
  4. Exposure to tobacco smoke or wood smoke, airborne chemicals (example hair spray, cleaning products, room deodorizers and perfumes)
  5. Changes in weather
  6. Strong physical expression of emotion (laughing or crying hard)
  7. Stress
  8. Menstrual periods

Asthma can be controlled, expect nothing less!
Download the Asthma Brochure here

Your asthma is under control when:

  • You no longer have these symptoms: cough, wheeze, chest tightness, shortness of breath
  • You are able to do regular activities without symptoms such as attend work and school, play, exercise, sleep through the night without symptoms
  • You use your quick relief medication no more than two times a week (except for exercise)
  • Your asthma treatment plan is working - English and Spanish

For more information about the things that can make your asthma worse click here.

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Updated Credits for 2013-2014
The Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey is sponsored by the American Lung Association in New Jersey. This publication was supported by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, with funds provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under Cooperative Agreement 5U59EH000491-5. Its content are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although this document has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under Agreement XA96296601-1 to the American Lung Association in New Jersey, it has not gone through the Agency’s publications review process and therefore, may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred. Information in this publication is not intended to diagnose health problems or take the place of medical advice. For asthma or any medical condition, seek medical advice from your child’s or your health care professional.

Disclaimer
The Pediatric Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ), disclaims any responsibility for any action taken by viewers as a result of their interpretation of information provided. Viewers are encouraged to discuss medical treatment with their physician. The Pediatric Asthma Coalition of New Jersey is sponsored by the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic (ALAM-A), a nonprofit organization.

Inclusion in this website does not necessarily constitute an endorsement, nor does exclusion necessarily indicate disapproval by the Pediatric Asthma Coalition of New Jersey and/or the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.

The Pediatric Asthma Coalition of New Jersey is not responsible for information, advice, or results related to implementation of said information/advice, provided by any PACNJ member agencies or individual representing said member agencies.