Asthma is a lung disease causing blockage or narrowing of airways making it difficult to breathe. Asthma symptoms can be triggered by an allergic reaction or a non-allergic reaction causing inflammation, coughing, wheezing, rapid breathing and tightness in the chest.
Allergic asthma is the most common and can be triggered by inhaling allergens such as pollens, mold, dust mites, pet dander, and other common household allergens.
Non-allergic asthma is less common and can be triggered by anxiety, stress, exercise, cold air, dry air, hyperventilation, and smoke.
An "asthma management plan" will help prevent symptoms and allow students to attend school regularly, participate fully in exercise and sports, and decrease hospital or emergency visits.
Best Practices for Improving Asthma Management in Schools
Read the position statement of the National Association of School Nurses and others who support improving asthma management in the school setting.
Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America
CDC - Asthma