With the hot, humid summer months ahead, it is even more important for
parents and youth to be reminded of the dangers of asthma.
Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and
narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling
sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing.
The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.
Asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in
the United States, and is also one of the leading causes of school absences.
The number of students with asthma in North Carolina public elementary,
middle and high schools has been increasing since the 2004-2005 school
year (77,276) to the 2010-2011 school year (101,599).
If not well-managed, asthma can be a life-threatening disease. The good
news is while there is no known cure for asthma, it is preventable and
manageable, and most people go on to live happy, normal lives.
“Through education and awareness we can help parents and children
know how to manage asthma,” said Pam Alley, RRT, RCP, Respiratory
Therapist at CaroMont Health.
An asthma attack may be brought on by an increased sensitivity to “triggers,”
various stimuli that irritate the airways. Triggers can range from viral
infections to allergies to irritating gases and particles in the air.
Every child reacts differently. Examples of some of the most common triggers include:
- Cigarette smoke; Secondhand smoke
- Allergic reactions to pollen, mold, animal dander, feather, dust, food,
- Indoor/outdoor air pollutants;
- Exposure to cold air or sudden change in temperature;
- Excitement/stress; and
Camp “Summer Breeze”- A camp for children with asthma!
CaroMont Health will hold a special camp for youth, ages 7 to 12, to provide
education and tools to help them better manage their asthma all the while
enjoying fun-filled days of activities. Children will learn how to recognize
the onset of an attack using the breathing scale, a green, yellow and
red smiley face measurement tool that signifies the level of an attack.
They will also receive tips on how to properly use an inhaler or nebulizer.
Other activities include a trip to Discover YOU!, a new interactive health
and wellness exhibit in Mount Holly, swim outing, fire truck tour, zumba
exercises and so much more.
The three-day camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 26, 27
and 28 at the McAdenville YMCA. To register your child, and for more information
please contact Pam Alley,
alleyp@CaroMonthealth.org or 704.671.7944.
Breathe Easier Classes at CaroMont Health
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Asthma or COPD, we can help!
Topics include information on triggers, symptom control, medications, delivery
devices and self management of your diagnosis. Each new participant who
attends class will receive a free Breathe Better Toolkit. For more information,
please contact us at breathebetter@CaroMonthealth.org or 704.834.3669.
Second Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Elm Room at CaroMont
Regional Medical Center
Third Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Elm Room at CaroMont
Regional Medical Center
Asthma Fast Facts
Every day in America:
44,000 people have an asthma attack.
36,000 kids miss school due to asthma.
27,000 adults miss work due to asthma.
4,700 people visit the emergency room due to asthma.
1,200 people are admitted to the hospital due to asthma.
9 people die from asthma.
1-The North Carolina Asthma Epidemiology Update, Summer 2012, http://www.asthma.ncdhhs.gov/docs/AsthmaEpidemiologyUpdateSummer-2012.pdf
2-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Health
Statistics. CDC Wonder Online Database, compiled from Compressed Mortality
File 1999-2009 Series 20 No. 20, 2012.
3-Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=42
About CaroMont Health
CaroMont is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system located in
Gaston County, North Carolina. It is the county’s largest employer
employing nearly 4,000 employees and is supported by a medical staff of
more than 300 physicians. CaroMont is comprised of eight affiliates including
Gaston Hospice and CaroMont Medical Group, 43 primary and specialty practices
and its flagship facility, CaroMont Regional Medical Center (CRMC), a
435-bed magnet hospital for nursing excellence.
CaroMont is a viable health care entity that provides the community with
high quality care at a minimal cost and is committed to ensuring that
every man, woman and child in Gaston County is given every opportunity
to live a happier and healthier life. CaroMont has been recognized for
its quality and overall performance by the following experts:
- Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals 2012
- Top Performer in the Joint Commission Key Quality Measures for heart attack,
heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical cal in 2010.
- HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™
for 4 years in a row, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
- A 2011 Top Performing Hospital for providing high quality, efficient care
as a part of the Premier Healthcare Alliance QUEST program.
CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can
be reached at (704) 834-2000. Additional information is available at