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Asthma

Asthma
 
Dickson County School Nurses are working with “The Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Center to do PFT’s (Pulmonary Function Testing) on 4th graders in Dickson Co. Schools. The function test is done during your child’s annual Health Screening.
 
Asthma, a condition in which a person's airways become inflamed, narrow, swell and produce extra mucus and makes it difficult to breathe. This test is to screen for asthma, by blowing into a cylinder and measuring how hard and fast your child can exhale effectively. It is performed by the Asthma Center team at your child’s school. It is incorporated into the same time your child’s hearing, vision and basic height and weight are performed. The team consist of an RN and Nurse Practitioner to measure the testing with your child. A consent is needed and will be sent home to the parent or guardian, prior to the Health Screen at your child’s school specifically for the PFT. Again, this is only being performed with 4th graders at this time. Our goal is to track and see if your child may have breathing issues. It is up to parent, to seek further testing for Asthma. Asthma is an airway disease that can affect your child’s health, if positive test results are found. It is FREE to you at no cost. The screening results will be sent home after review and it is your decision to follow the recommendations made with your family Physician. 
 
Asthma can be minor or it can interfere with daily activities. In some cases, it may lead to a life-threatening attack.
 
Asthma may cause difficulty breathing, chest pain, cough, and wheezing. The symptoms may sometimes flare-up quickly. Asthma can usually be managed with rescue inhalers to treat symptoms (albuterol) and controller inhalers that prevent symptoms (steroids). Severe cases may require longer-acting inhalers that keep the airways open as well as oral steroids. With Physician’s orders only. Our goal is to have a healthy student that can achieve to his/her highest ability. If you have any questions about Asthma, feel free search these  asthma resources or speak to your school nurse or family Physician. 
 
Prevention
While there's no way to prevent asthma, by working together, you and your doctor can design a step-by-step plan for living with your condition and preventing asthma attacks for your child.
 
  • Follow your asthma action plan. With your doctor and school nurse, write a detailed plan for taking medications and managing an asthma attack. Then be sure to follow your plan. 

    Asthma is an ongoing condition that needs regular monitoring and treatment. Taking control of your treatment can make you feel more in control of your life in general. 
  • Get vaccinated for influenza and pneumonia. Staying current with vaccinations can prevent flu and pneumonia from triggering asthma flare-ups.
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