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Indoor Air and Asthma


Overview of Asthma

Asthma Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways, which causes attacks of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. "Asthma attacks" can occur as an allergic reaction to the presence of an allergen, or other substance, in the ambient air. Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease. About one-tenth of the children in the United States have asthma, or will have at lease one asthma attack. Serious asthma attacks can be frightening and dangerous, possibly resulting in the need for hospitalization.

Asthma may limit a child's ability to play, participate in sports, or be a part of other activities. If a parent has a history of asthma-related problems, the chances are that their children will also have asthma. Both the number and the seriousness of asthma attacks have increased in recent years.

There is no known cure for asthma, although many asthma sufferers may experience an improvement in symptoms over time. With proper self- management and medical treatment, most people with asthma can lead normal lives.

Symptoms of Asthma

Normal bronchiole vs. Asthmatic bronchiole

Causes of Asthma

Pollen, cockroach, dustmite, and mold

Reducing Your Risk for Asthma-Related Problems

No Smoking


Asthma attacks can be reduced if you keep the air in your house clean.

Your children's health is in your hands.

For more information call: (402) 441-8040


InterLinc City of Lincoln Departments Category Location

Health Environmental Public Health Environmental Quality Air Quality