Asthma is a chronic (life time) disease that makes your lungs very sensitive and hard to breathe. Asthma can’t be cured, but with proper treatment, people with asthma can lead normal, active lives.

If you have asthma, your airways (breathing passages) are very sensitive. Certain things can make your airways become swollen and the muscles around the airways can also become tight leaving you breathless.

Meet Emerson who had his breath taken away from asthma.

Learn more about asthma by visiting our Canadian Lung Association website.

Avoid Back-to-School Flareups

Help your kids avoid the September spike in asthma symptoms

As summer winds down, many parents start gearing up for the school year which usually means buying school supplies and longer pants. But for parents of children with asthma, getting ready for school should also include taking steps to protect their children from the “September Spike” – the sharp rise in kids’ asthma symptoms that happens soon after school begins.

Special considerations for COVID-19

Back to school will be difficult for both students and teachers living with asthma. As schools reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be new aspects of asthma management to consider. Teaching your children about proper mask-wearing and hand washing is an important tool to help protect them from COVID-19.


Make sure your child knows how to wear their mask or face covering properly. It should cover both the nose and mouth. If the mask gets soiled or wet, be sure to wash and dry it before wearing it again. It may be a good idea to pack more than one mask, so they have a spare easily accessible during the school day.

        Tips for Wearing Masks:

  • Experiment with different types of mask materials and styles. Some masks may feel more comfortable or be more breathable. 
  • Teach your child to always put on and remove a mask with clean hands.
  • Do not share masks.
  • Help your children adjust by having them wear it around the house for 20 minutes so they can adjust to how it feels.
  • There is not a recommended, “best mask” for people with asthma. Experiment to find the mask material that works best for your child: cloth masks, bandanas, and scarfs can all be options.
  • Pack 1-2 spare masks in your child's backpack in case they become soiled or wet during the school day. 

Hand Washing

It's important to teach your child the correct hand washing technique and the importance of frequent hand washing.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and...
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

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Asthma 30 Second Control Test

Take this test to learn if your asthma is under control.

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Asthma medications come in various forms

•Diskus® • MDI (metered dose inhaler) • oral inhalation • nebulizer • Ellipta® • Twisthaler® • Turbuhaler® • intravenous injection • intramuscular or subcutaneous injection • nasal inhalation • Aerolizer® • subcutaneous injection • orally • Diskhaler® • Respimat® • 

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Products used to treat asthma include

AAdvair® Diskus® •Advair® MDI •Aermony Respiclick™ •Airomir® MDI •Alvesco® MDI •Apo-Ipravent inhalation solution •Apo-Salvent MDI •Arnuity® Ellipta® •Asmanex®Twisthaler® •BBaca Respiclick™ •Breo® Ellipta® •Bricanyl® Turbuhaler® •CCinqair™ •FFasenra® •Flonase® nasal spray •Flovent® Diskus®  •Flovent® HFA •Foradil® Aerolizer® •IIpratropium/Salbutamol nebules •NNucala™ •OOxeze® Turbuhaler®  •PPMS-Fluticasone Propionate/ Salmeterol DPI •PMS-Ipratropium inhalation solution •Pulmicort® nebuamp •Pulmicort® Turbuhaler®  •QQVAR® MDI •SSanis-Montelukast tablets •Sanis-Salbutamol Inhaler HFA •Serevent® Diskhaler® disks •Serevent® Diskus® •Singulair® chewable tablets •Sivem-Montelukast tablets •Spiriva® Respimat® •Symbicort® Turbuhaler® •TTeva-Budesonide inhalation solution •Teva-Combo Sterinebs •Teva-Salbutamol SteriNeb •VVentolin® Diskus® •Ventolin® HFA •Ventolin® inhalation solution •WWixela® Inhub® •ZZaditen® syrup •Zaditen® tablets •Zenhale® •

Active ingredients used to treat asthma include

aamoxicillin • bbeclomethasone dipropionate • benralizumab • budesonide • cciclesonide • ddexamethasone • ffluticasone furoate • fluticasone propionate • gguaifenesin • iipratropium bromide • kketotifen • mmepolizumab • mometasone furoate • montelukast sodium • oomalizumab • orciprenaline • oxtriphylline • pprednisone • rreslizumab • ssalbutamol sulphate • salmeterol xinafoate • sodium cromoglycate (cromolyn sodium) • tterbutaline sulfate • theophylline • triamcinolone acetonide • 


Page Last Updated: 06/07/2020