Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs and can cause breathlessness, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing. Asthma is one of the most common, chronic, long-term diseases of children, with a diagnosis prevalence of 1 in every 11 children. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15. Control of asthma requires appropriate diagnosis, effective use of medications, knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of the disease.
How We’re Helping
Through multiple projects, we have worked to develop, implement and evaluate sustainable approaches to improving care and outcomes for patients with childhood asthma.
The exact cause of asthma is unknown, and asthma cannot be cured. However, asthma can be controlled. Triggers for asthma can include mold, tobacco smoke, outdoor air pollution, and infections linked to influenza, colds, and other viruses. Avoiding these triggers, along with using inhaled corticosteroids and other medicines, are the keys to preventing an asthma attack.