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About Asthma

Asthma is a disease of the lungs that often leads to repeated episodes of wheezing, chest tightness, breathlessness, and early morning or nighttime coughing. Asthma currently affects approximately 8 percent of adults and approximately 10 percent of children in North Carolina. In 2009, 94 North Carolinians died due to asthma. Asthma impacts all North Carolinians; however, African Americans, Native Americans, women, persons 65 years and older, children under the age of 5 years, and persons living in households with an income less than $15,000 are among the groups most affected by asthma.

Basic Information About Asthma

What is Asthma?

What is Asthma? (PDF, 6.5 MB)

Breathing with Asthma

Breathing with Asthma (PDF, 6.5 MB)


Asthma in North Carolina

Asthma in North Carolina (PDF, 969 KB)



Additional Information from the CDC

Find out more about asthma by reading the CDC's "Basic Facts About Asthma", which includes information about the following topics:

You may also download a PDF version of the CDC's "Basic Facts About Asthma".