Asthma in Alaska
Asthma is a serious, potentially fatal chronic disease that can be controlled safely with proper management and treatment. Emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths have been proven to be avoidable through preventive asthma management.
Asthma symptoms include episodes of inflammation and narrowing of small airways in the lungs that can result in shortness of breath, cough, wheezing, chest pain or tightness, or any combination of these symptoms. It affects adults as well as children, and an asthma attack at any age can be fatal.
Asthma can be controlled. There are safe medications available and simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to environmental asthma triggers.
More information can be found under the Asthma Resources tab on this site.