Asthma Education

Guiding You Towards Better Health

A breath of fresh air

Our all-inclusive program aims to give our patients the tools they need to become empowered and successful in managing their asthma. Through comprehensive education and a personalized action plan, we can help you overcome asthma-related obstacles. Our education program focuses on the key topics of anatomy, triggers (recognition and avoidance), early warning signs, symptoms, and medications.

If you have asthma and want to learn more about managing it, we highly encourage you to contact your COPC physician about getting a program referral.

Since the inception of our asthma education program in 2001, we have seen the following statistics among our asthmatic patients:

84% less asthma-related Emergency Room and Urgent Care visits

93% less asthma-related hospitalizations

60% less unnecessary office visits

We attribute this to the fact that our patients gained the knowledge and skills necessary to overcome and self-manage their asthma.

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About our Asthma Education Program

Common Asthma Questions

Will my child outgrow asthma?

Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled. Your child will always have sensitive airways, but they may just go through periods of time where they experience no symptoms. If they have non-allergic asthma there is a higher chance for the child to be symptom free when they get older. When children get older, their airways get bigger and their symptoms may be less severe.

Why does my child have to take daily medications for asthma?

Inflammation and swelling of the airway linings result in physical changes throughout the lungs and can lead to asthma attacks. The inflammation or swelling can be reversed by taking medications every day to reduce the severity. When you decrease the inflammation/swelling, bronchial reactivity decreases which results in less frequent asthma attacks. The full effect of the medication will not be experienced unless the medicine is taken daily as prescribed.

If a child has asthma, can they play sports?

Yes they can. It's important to note that most children with asthma can fully participate in any sport despite having asthma. Children and parents need to follow the doctor’s orders and take the daily medications as prescribed to keep the asthma under control. The child will need to warm up/ cool down and may need to pre-medicate with the rescue medications prior to participating in the sport.

If my family moves to a different climate, will the asthma get better?

The child with asthma may be symptom free for a period of time. This is usually during the first couple of months while the body adjusts to a different climate and exposures to different allergens. Once the body’s defense system adjusts to this exposure of different trees, grass, and pollen etc. the allergic response is triggered and the episodes may become worse or better than before. It is important for the child with asthma to live in the environment for 3-4 months prior to moving the entire household, especially if this is the only reason to relocate.

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