Asthma isn't as easy to understand as other medical concepts for children. There's no big bad bacteria or virus that your body has to fight against to "get better." The process is quite different, really. We hope our animation makes asthma easier to understand for your children and even you perhaps!
It's no secret that the air quality in the San Joaquin Valley is less-than-great, and our providers see many patients with asthma frequently. Unfortunately, the old-fashioned "textbook" images of asthma are not pretty. They're really not. Nobody wants to see mucus in bronchioles or spasms of muscle. After talking about how asthma affects breathing for someone having an asthma attack, we realized that it really is a lot like a traffic jam that needs roadside attention.
Different levels of asthma are like different levels of severity in traffic jams, from a partial roadblock to a full-on flood! The importance of medication cannot be stressed enough here. Asthma has not yet been "cured" in a true sense, but our medical technology in 2014 allows asthmatics to manage their asthma with more control and ease than ever before. With the proper understanding of triggers, patients with asthma can easily avoid things that cause asthma attacks, or be ready with an inhaler to allow them to do just about anything.