Frequently Asked Questions

Why is asthma still such a prevalent health concern in the United States and Northeast Florida?

Despite advances in medical treatment, asthma cases in the U.S. have increased significantly in people of all ages since the 1980s. Asthma is a growing public health concern that has significant impacts on the quality of life of its sufferers. Jacksonville has not escaped the rise in asthma and is home to an estimated 60,000 individuals living with asthma.

What is the Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson and how is it addressing the problem?

Founded in 1992, the Community Asthma Partnership (CAP) began as a grassroots, vounteer-driven, nonprofit organization with the goal of improving the lives of those suffering from asthma, particularly children and the medically under-served through community outreach.

In January 2007, CAP merged with Wolfson Children’s Hospital and became known as the Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson Children’s Hospital (CAPW) to expand existing programs and add new services. The program benefits the community by helping identify and diagnose asthma earlier, manage it better, and reduce asthma-related hospitalization and deaths.

What does the Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson provide now?

CAPW is dedicated to addressing the unmet asthma needs within the Jacksonville community. The programs and services offered are designed to:

  • Increase awareness of asthma
  • Offer education and improve access to care
  • Enhance the quality of asthma care

Through these offerings, CAPW seeks to supplement existing programs and bridge resources within the community.

Is there a cure for asthma?

There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled. When asthma is well-managed your child should be able to go to school, sleep better, and participate in the same sports and activities as a child without asthma.

What causes asthma?

While we do not know what causes asthma, we do know many of the things that trigger it.
It’s important to avoid or eliminate as many triggers from the child’s home and school environments as possible. Common triggers include:

  • Pets/animal dander
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Dust/dust mites
  • Certain foods
  • Roaches
  • Common colds
  • Pollen from trees and grass
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Mold/mildew (indoor/outdoor)
  • Strong emotions (crying, laughing hard)
  • Smoke (cigarette, wood burning)
  • Strong smells or scented products
  • Cold air or changes in weather

When should I take controller medicine?

Controller medicines must be taken every day, even when you feel well. Controller medicines help to keep asthma under control by treating swollen airways. Controller medications will NOT relieve symptoms during an asthma flare-up the same way that quick-relief medications should.

When should I take quick-relief medicine?

Quick-relief medicines are taken to immediately relieve asthma symptoms whenever they occur, especially at the onset of a flare-up. These medicines help to open the airways, which become narrowed during an asthma flare-up.

When should I call the doctor?

Call the doctor immediately if:

  • your child is experiencing asthma symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, or chest tightness.
  • your child’s quick-relief medicine does not work within 15 to 20 minutes or symptoms worsen.
  • your child’s peak flow reading is in the Yellow Zone after taking quick-relief medicine.

When is it fine to send my child to school?

Send your child to school if he/she:

  • has a stuffy nose but is not wheezing.
  • has mild wheezing that goes away after using quick-relief medicine.
  • can participate in usual school activities.
  • is not having difficulty breathing.
  • has a peak flow reading in the green zone.

When should I call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room?

Call 9-1-1 or go to emergency room if your child is:

  • breathing hard and fast with nose opened wide and chest/ribs sucked in.
  • having trouble walking and talking.
  • not responding to quick-relief medicine within 15 to 20 minutes.

Can my child participate in sports if he/she asthma?

Children with asthma should be able to participate in sports when their asthma is under control. Children diagnosed with Exercise Induced Asthma may use quick-relief medicine prior to sports activities.

Are steroids safe for my child to take?

Steroids prescribed for asthma are not the same as the steroids taken by athletes.

Inhaled steroids help control asthma without the side effects that come from taking large doses of steroid pills or syrup.

Your child’s doctor will monitor growth at each check up. Data shows that too much steroid medicine may slow your child’s growth initially, however most children reach their normal adult height. It is important to understand that poorly-controlled asthma will slow the growth your of child even more.

CAPW is here to help you.

For more information, call us any weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 904.202.5132 or send us an email or get updates