Asthma is a chronic lung disease that makes it hard to breath. When a person has asthma, their airways are more sensitive to certain triggers. When a person is exposed to a trigger, their bronchioles or airways react by producing mucous, tightening the muscles that go around the bronchioles, and the airways become narrower due to inflammation.
The Salt Lake County Health Department asthma program provides asthma education and conducts a free home visiting assessment program for county residents with asthma.
Contact the asthma program at 385-468-5285 or TBrinton@slco.org. Spanish speakers may call 385-468-5306.
Signs and symptoms vary across person to person but some of the most common signs and symptoms of asthma include the following:
A trigger is something that causes you to experience asthma symptoms. There are many different triggers but some of the most common triggers are listed.
Learn more about avoiding asthma triggers.
There are two main types of asthma medications:
Asthma medication needs to be inhaled so the medication can reach the lungs.
How to properly take asthma medications:
Asthma does not have a cure, but it can be controlled by taking medications properly and by avoiding asthma triggers. To be in control of your asthma is to live symptom free!
Your asthma might not be as controlled as it could be if:
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, an asthma action plan developed by you and your doctor can help you manage your asthma by knowing what medications to take and what triggers to avoid.
Print your own asthma action plan.
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Our home-visiting program actively seeks participants with severe or uncontrolled asthma. “Uncontrolled asthma” is defined as someone who:
The program consists of three home visits and two follow-up phone calls. Home visits last between 60–90 minutes and are spread over a period of about four months. During the home visits, our health educators will teach participants how to:
For more information about the asthma home visiting program or to enroll, call 385-468-5285 (English) or 385-468-5306 (Spanish).
Download our home visiting program flyer