Pediatric Pulmonary and Respiratory Services in Tampa, Florida

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a noncontagious, chronic lung disease that can be controlled with daily medication. Not all children with asthma wheeze. For some, coughing may be the only symptom.

What Happens During an Asthma Episode?

Asthma affects the airways in your lungs. During an episode of asthma, the lining of the airways becomes swollen and produces thick mucus. The muscles around
the airways tighten and narrow, blocking the flow of air and making it difficult to breathe.

What Are the Symptoms of Asthma?

  • Coughing at night or coughing that lasts for more than a week
  • Fast breathing with the use of accessory muscles
  • Noisy breathing (wheezing) or difficulty exhaling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest

Call 911 or Go to the Hospital If:

  • You have trouble walking or talking
  • Your lips or fingernails are blue

Learn More About:

If you have been to the emergency room or admitted to the hospital for asthma symptoms twice in the last year, it is recommended you visit an asthma specialist.

For more information or to set up an appointment St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, call (813) 870-1995. For an appointment St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital at Mease Countryside, call (727) 725-6298.