What is Asthma?
Asthma is a lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness,
and shortness of breath.
Asthma is a chronic disease, like diabetes and high blood pressure. This means that once you develop asthma, you are likely to have it
for a lifetime. Even when you are feeling just fine, the asthma is still there and can flare up at any time. A chronic condition like asthma often requires daily attention.
What can trigger asthma?
Indoor and outdoor environments play an important role in
the development and management of asthma. Asthma triggers like allergens and
irritants can bring on asthma symptoms. Some common asthma triggers are:
Dust mites- tiny bugs that thrive in mattresses, upholstered furniture, and carpets
Cockroaches and other pests
Pollen from trees and grass
Molds- both indoor and outdoor
Wood smoke from wood-burning stoves or fireplaces
Air pollution including ozone, wildfire
Smoke, road dust, and factory emissions
Cold air or changes in weather like freezing temperatures or high humidity
Strong odors or sprays such as perfumes, air fresheners, scented oils, household cleaners, cooking fumes, paints, or varnishes
How can you keep your asthma under control?
By working closely with your doctor or healthcare provider, you should be able to learn how to control your asthma. Once it is controlled, you should be able to live a normal active life with few asthma symptoms.
American Lung Association- Idaho
Idaho Smoke Information Blog
IDEQ Real-Time Air Monitoring
Idaho Wellness Guide
Project Filter- Idaho Fights Tobacco
Children and Asthma