Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children, but adults can have asthma too. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. Those with asthma have it all the time, but will have asthma attacks only when something bothers the lungs.
Some of the most common “asthma triggers” are:
- Tobacco Smoke
- Dust Mites
- Outdoor Air Pollution
- Cockroach Allergen
- Smoke from Burning Wood or Grass
- Other Triggers can include infections, exercise, weather, medications, food additives, fragrances and even strong emotions
How does asthma affect Lebanon County?
WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital’s 2012 Community Health Needs Assessment, found that asthma affects 1 in 10 students in Lebanon County. Asthma is the most frequently seen chronic disease for K-12 students in the county and is increasing in number.
What can be done to help those with asthma?
While there is no cure for asthma, eliminating triggers such as tobacco smoke (both direct and secondhand) can help those suffering from this chronic disease. WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital offers free smoking-cessation classes with nicotine replacement therapy for participants. To find upcoming classes, CLICK HERE and choose “Lebanon” county and search for “Smoking”.