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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). 1

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, and cockroaches;
  • Indoor/outdoor air pollutants;
  • Exposure to cold air or sudden change in temperature;
  • Excitement/stress; and
  • Exercise

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, 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 or 704.834.3669.

Asthma Class:
Second Thursday of every month from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the Elm Room at CaroMont Regional Medical Center

COPD Class:
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 3

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,

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,

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 .