Nursing Services Department » Asthma



When Spring is here that means for 40 to 50 Million Americans, so are allergies. Allergic diseases, such as allergic asthma, affect more than 20% of the population, and are the sixth leading cause of chronic disease in the U.S.

Allergic Asthma is the most common form of asthma. Asthmas is considered allergic when symptoms become more intense, perhaps resulting in an asthma attack, when the individual is exposed to allergens to which their immune system is sensitive. Symptoms of allergic and non-allergic Asthma are similar. They include: Coughing, Wheezing, Shortness of breath, Chest tightness.

About 60% of Asthmas attacks are caused by allergens, such as mold spores, pollen and animal dander. Other allergens such as dust mites, medications, food, and cockroaches can trigger a reaction. If your Asthma is triggered by allergens, it is important to avoid exposure to them: Watch for ozone alerts. Minimize outdoor activity on days when temperatures are extremely high. Take medications as prescribed in the recommended dosage. Do not take more medication to ease symptoms without consulting your doctor. Use an air conditioner in your home and in your car to keep air clean, cool and dry. Do not stand directly behind cars that are running. Exhaust fumes could trigger an Asthma attack.

If your child requires medication during the day, forms must be completed by the doctor and parent. Medication must be brought to the school nurse by the parent or guardian in the original labeled container. Children are not permitted to carry any medication or inhalers by themselves.

All new students must have a current physical form from their doctor within thirty (30) days of entry to school or face exclusion from school.