What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that effects a way a person breathes. It is caused by swelling of the lung’s airways. Asthma makes the airways too small to let enough air in and out of the lungs.

Understanding the Basics

What is Asthma?

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How Lungs Work

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"Let's Take Control of Asthma!" Flipchart

The Let’s Take Control of Asthma Flipchart is a validated educational tool based on the asthma self-management education goals of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Guidelines which can be tailored to the patient.

For Individuals with Asthma

Asthma Basics is an online learning module designed to help individuals with asthma and those who care for them learn more about asthma and the condition’s effects. The Asthma Basics online learning module is available in both English and Spanish on the American Lung Association’s online training center which can be found below. 

For Healthcare Professionals

The purpose of this course is to understand the pathophysiology of asthma and guidelines-based components of asthma care: measures of assessment and monitoring, education for a partnership in asthma care, pharmacologic therapy, and control of environmental and comorbid conditions.

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