Asthma Facts

  • Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways.
  • Asthma is not contagious.
  • Asthma can be controlled with proper management.
  • Symptoms can be reduced from severe to moderate, and from moderate to mild.
  • Identifying and avoiding triggers, such as cockroaches, house dust, furry animals, and smoke can help control asthma symptoms and prevent asthma attacks.
  • Some asthma medications are taken to relieve symptoms when they occur (quick relief medicines).
  • Some asthma medications need to be taken regularly to control asthma (long-term control medications). These medications reduce inflammation of the airway and are taken every day even when you have no symptoms.