Asthma:
Overview

The Alliance is leading efforts to take control of asthma in Wisconsin

The Alliance serves as a committed leader and partner in asthma initiatives including:

  • Facilitating the creation, revision and implementation of the Wisconsin Asthma Plan
  • Leading the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC) – Join us!
  • Leading efforts to secure reimbursement for community-based asthma services
  • Leading training for primary care providers
  • Advocating for public policy change

Visit the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition page for more information.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by inflammation of the airways. Asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, cough and shortness of breath. A variety of factors are known to trigger asthma attacks (exacerbations) including:

  • Allergens, such as pollen, dust, mites and mold
  • Viral infections
  • Irritants, such as chemicals, tobacco smoke and air pollution
  • Exercise
  • Cold air
  • Stress

In most cases we do not know what causes asthma and we do not know how to cure it, but we can control it through four components of care:

  • Routine health care visits
  • Pharmacological treatment to effectively manage and control symptoms
  • Patient education
  • Environment that minimizes exposure to asthma triggers

Cause for concern

Asthma is common, deadly, expensive and disruptive. However, it is controllable and Wisconsin is making some progress. See the impact of asthma in Wisconsin infographic for details.

 

For more information, please contact Kristen Grimes, at (414) 337-4569.

Did you know...

Adults and children with asthma are more likely to develop pneumonia after getting sick with the flu than people without asthma. Learn more.