Facts About Asthma

Child Health Advocacy and Safety

Facts About Asthma

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Asthma

The American Family Children's Hospital Asthma Advocacy Program in Madison, Wisconsin, is a partnership of health care providers committed to reducing the burden of asthma in Dane County.

Facts About Asthma

  • Asthma is a disease of the air passages in the lungs. Various "triggers" cause the airways to become narrow and filled with mucus. This causes coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.
  • Asthma rates have gone up in the past 50 years. About one out of 10 Dane County adults and children has asthma.
  • We don't know exactly why some people get asthma, but it runs in families and people with allergies are more likely to get it.
  • We know a lot about what makes asthma worse and how to keep it under control.
  • Many people don't have their asthma under control. Poor asthma control can mean frequent and severe symptoms, trips to the hospital, missing work and school, and death. Much of this can be prevented.