For Asthma education classes or general questions regarding Asthma contact :
Caroline Douglass
Asthma Coordinator

What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic disease in which the airways or bronchial tubes in the lungs become swollen or inflamed. When the airways become swollen this makes it hard for the air to move in and out of the lungs.

Signs of asthma

  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath or chest tightness
  • Coughing (especially at night or with activity)

Asthma flare

Airways or bronchial tubes become:
  • Swollen or inflamed
  • Congested with increased mucus
  • Tight or constricted
  • Sensitive and easily irritated


During an asthma flare your airways react more easily to:
  • Colds
  • Allergies
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Changes in the weather/temperature
  • Animal dander
  • Excercise, sport, play

Asthma facts in children

  • Asthma is one of the most common serious chronic diseases of childhood.
  • Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.
  • An average of 1 out of every 10 school-aged children has asthma.
  • Asthma in children is the cause of 7 million physician visits and nearly 200,000 hospitalizations in the US.
  • 13 million school days and 15 million workdays are missed each year due to asthma.
  • An estimated 400,000 to 1 million children with asthma have their condition worsened by exposure to secondhand smoke.

Asthma myths

  • Children outgrow asthma.
  • Asthma inhalers are only for when you get sick, not everyday.

Summer camp for children with asthma

Camp Easy Breathers is a summer camp for children with asthma who are 7-14 years of age.
Click here for more information or to register.


KidsHealth-What is Asthma video
Allergy & Asthma Network/Mothers of Asthmatics
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Asthma Control
Asthma and Schools
Quest for the Code: Asthma Game
National Jewish Medical and Research Center (Asthma wizard for Kids)
NHLBI: Asthma Guidelines
Weather/Allergy Updates
Texas Quit Smoking Line 877-937-7848 (available 24 hrs/day)

Contact Information

Driscoll Children's Hospital
Children's Physicians Services of South Texas
Pulmonology Clinic

3533 S. Alameda Street
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411

Phone: (361) 694-4447
Fax: (361) 851-6867

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For TTY Deaf Messaging Connect to TTY Interpretation by dialing
(800) 735-2989

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