Asthma is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and produce extra mucus. This can make breathing difficult and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a life-threatening asthma attack.
Asthma can’t be cured, but its symptoms can be controlled. Because asthma often changes over time, it’s important that you work with your doctor to track your signs and symptoms and adjust treatment as needed.
In Montana about 17,000 children (9.7%) are estimated to live with asthma and 1 in 3 of those children are estimated to have uncontrolled asthma. Uncontrolled asthma leads to an increase in missed days of the child from school or daycare, increase of hospitalizations, Emergency Room or Urgent Care visits, and an increase in parent’s missed days from work due to their child’s asthma