Asthma is a life threatening, chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes episodes of shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. Children who have asthma describe it as feeling like "trying to breathe through a straw." Children with asthma have airways that are almost always red and sensitive (inflamed). These airways can react badly when someone with asthma has a cold or other viral infection or comes into contact with an asthma trigger. With proper diagnosis, treatment, and preventive measures, children living with asthma can experience a greater quality of life.
The Valley Air District reports that 17 percent of children in the valley are diagnosed with asthma compared to the low number of five percent nationwide. In Kern County, more than 11,000 children have been diagnosed with asthma. According to the Kern County Department of Public, asthma is the primary health-related reason children are absent from Kern County schools. More...
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- American Lung Association of California
- California Asthma Resource List - Kern County 2002: California Department of Health Services
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
- Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)
- The ABC's of Asthma: An Asthma Alphabet Book for Kids of All Ages
- Taking Asthma to School (Special Kids in Schools)
- I'm Tougher Than Asthma!
- The Lion Who Had Asthma
- Zooallergy: A Fun Story About Allergy and Asthma Triggers