The Montana Asthma Control Program welcomes you to our school and childcare website! This website was created in order to provide education and resources for school nurses, school coaches, and school and childcare staff. Information on how to receive OPI renewal units can be found by clicking on the “Schools and Coaches” tab above.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease characterized by a reversible narrowing of the airways. Symptoms commonly experienced during an exacerbation of asthma (often referred to as an “asthma attack”) include: shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing.
Asthma is a serious disease that can interfere with one’s quality of life and even be a cause of death. However, the good news is that asthma can be controlled and exacerbations of asthma can be prevented.
Why Focus on Asthma?
Statistics indicate that asthma is a common disease among children and adolescents in Montana. It is estimated that 6.8% of all children between the ages of 0-17 currently have asthma. Among high school students, 10.4% report that they currently have asthma. In total, greater than 69,000 adults and greater than 15,000 children in Montana currently have asthma.
What is it Like to Have Asthma?
Although most people with asthma have similar symptoms, everyone experiences asthma a little bit differently. Click on the video below to hear about one person’s experiences with asthma.