Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system that involves inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or airways, which carry air to the lungs. The airways overreact to substances that cause allergic reactions (allergens) and to smoke, cold air, or other environmental factors. This overreaction causes the airways to narrow, leading to difficulty breathing (asthma episodes or attacks).
National health indicator data has overwhelmingly indicated that asthma is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States today. Asthma among children is now recognized as the leading cause of school absenteeism, emergency room visits and hospitalization in the United States (Healthy Homes Project, 2003).
Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to helping you and your family with information about asthma. Below are some resources that we think you will find helpful. You can pick-up additional pamphlets, brochures, videos or tip-sheets in any of our Health Education Centers.
- About Inhaled Steroids
- Environmental Information on Respiratory Allergy
- Asthma - Your Personal Action Plan
- Asthma Action Plan for Children
- Asthma Action Plan for Adults - NCR Form
- Asthma Self-Management Plan (Adult)
- How to Manage Asthma: A Guide for Adults and Children
- How to Use Inhaled Medications for Asthma and COPD
- The Adult Asthma Care Management Program - Improving the Quality of Life for Asthma Patient