Logan County Asthma Partnership

 

The Logan County Asthma Partnership was formed in 2004 as a liaison between Logan County and the Illinois Asthma Partnership of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The mission of the Logan County Asthma Partnership is “To strengthen community efforts and resources that assist in raising awareness and education about asthma and its public health consequences.”

The vision of the Logan County Asthma Partnership is “To improve the quality of life for persons with asthma and their caregivers and to decrease morbidity and mortality from asthma in Logan County.”

For more information on joining the Logan County Asthma Partnership, contact Logan County Department of Public Health 217-735-2317.

  

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the airways in the lungs and by the spasm of muscles surrounding these airways. Inflammation occurs when irritated tissues swell and produce extra mucus.  The combination of the two can cause constriction of or complete blockage of the airways and can initiate symptoms of an asthma attack. Symptoms of an asthma attack can include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Asthma attacks may occur at anytime, but there are risk factors that can trigger an attack.

Allergens that most commonly trigger asthma include:
Dust mites Cigarette smoke
Animal dander air pollution
Cockroaches perfumes
Pollen cleaning products
Grass upper respiratory tract infections
Mold emotions
Fumes medications
Weather physical activity

                                                                

 

The Asthma Action Plan

All children diagnosed with asthma should have an Asthma Action Plan. The Asthma Action Plan is developed by the child’s family and health care provider and clearly describes steps to take if a child with asthma is experiencing any symptoms.  The Asthma Action Plan will provide guidance to help manage the child’s asthma and should be easily accessible for day care, teachers, coaches, school nurses.  Examples of the Asthma Action Plan can be found on many of the following Asthma Resources websites or from your healthcare provider.

  

Asthma Resources

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology www.aaaai.org

American Academy of Pediatrics www.americanacademyofpediatrics.org

American Lung Association www.lungusa.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/asthma

Chicago Asthma Consortium www.chicagoasthma.org

Environmental Protection Agency www.epa.gov/asthma

Illinois Department of Public Health www.idph.state.il.us

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute www.nhlbi.nih.gov