May is National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month!

Don’t just cope with Asthma. Control it. Learn more about asthma, it’s symptoms, triggers and how to maintain control of your asthma below.


  • Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways.
  • 1 in 10 children have asthma
  • 57% of children are prone to asthma attacks
  • 80 – 90 % of children with asthma have allergies that trigger it.


Can occur daily, weekly or infrequently and include:

  • Cough, wheeze, chest tightness/pressure/pain, shortness of breath, interrupted sleep
  • Allergy can be seasonal or environmental in cause:
  • Sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, skin rash

Asthma may worsen with changes in seasons or exposure to triggers

Triggers include: 

  1. Allergens – dust, mold, pollen, pet dander
  2. Cigarette smoke, perfumes, cleaning products
  3. Respiratory infections, cold, influenza
  4. Exercise
  5. Extreme changes in temperature

How to manage your triggers and maintain good control of your asthma

  • Make sure to use your spacer with each inhaler
  • Start allergy medication before allergies flare (Zyrtec, Claritin)
  • Take your controller medications as directed
  • Use nasal rinses regularly
  • Make sure all asthma medications are current and not expired
  • Follow your personalized Asthma Action Plan

Families who have a child with asthma are invited to sign up for a one on one consultation with one of our asthma educators by calling 970-267-9510 or by speaking with their provider.