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Web Links on Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease of the airways that makes breathing difficult. With asthma, there is inflammation of the air passages that results in a temporary narrowing of the airways that carry oxygen to the lungs. This results in asthma symptoms, including coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.

Asthma Guide (WebMD) 

Asthma – MedlinePlus 

Asthma in children – MedlinePlus

Glossary of Asthma Terms (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America) 

Allergens and Irritants (NIEHS) 

Patient Instructions for Inhaled Devices (American College of Chest Physicians)

Inhaled Steroid Drugs: Summary of Affordable Alternatives (Consumer Reports Health) 

Asthma Interventions (CDC) 

Double Trouble: The Link between Allergies and Asthma (Mayo Clinic) 

Asthma and Pregnancy (National Jewish Medical and Research Center) 

What People with Asthma Need to Know About Osteoporosis (NIAMS) 

Alternative Therapy for Asthma (Mayo Clinic) 

Find an Allergist (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology) 


NC Services & Support

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine (UNC at Chapel Hill)
(919) 966-1077 

Asthma- NC Health Info Information from the UNC Health Sciences Library 

American Lung Association in North Carolina  

Asthma Alliance of North Carolina (Local and state government partnership to address asthma in North Carolina) 




Recommended Books & Pamphlets

Living with Asthma (Teen's Guides) 
William E. Berger, M.D. (2008)

This book features real-life examples that allows readers to grasp the impact asthma can have on everyday living. It also includes appendixes which contain such information as organizations, support groups, online resources, and further reading.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Guide to Asthma: How to Help Your Child Live a Healthier Life
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Julian Lewis, M.D. (2004)

While asthma can't be cured, it can be treated and controlled so that your child can enjoy a healthier, more active life. In this important guide, the experts at the top-ranked children's hospital in the United States clearly explain what asthma is and how parents, caregivers, and young patients can manage it successfully. 

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Taking Control of Asthma: A Comprehensive Prevention and Treatment Plan for You and Your Family 
Christopher H. Fanta (2003) 

Shortness of breath. Tightness in the chest. Wheezing and coughing. These distressing symptoms are a daily fact of life for many of the fifteen million Americans who suffer from asthma, including nearly six million children -- and asthma is on the rise. But even those with severe asthma can lead full, active lives with the help of the experts at Harvard Medical School and Partners Asthma Center.

American College of Physicians Home Medical Guide: Asthma 
Robert Murray Davis (2000) 

Provides information on understanding and living with asthma, covering such topics as causes, symptoms, diet and lifestyle, and treatments.

Updated July 2018

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