Asthma Coalition of Kern County

About Us

The Asthma Coalition of Kern County has been around for over 15 years and consists of local citizens and professional individuals. Our members include representatives from Kern County Department of Public Health Services, Kern Health Systems, American Lung Association, Dignity Health, , Bakersfield City School District, and Kern Council of Governments.

In May 2014, in recognition of World Asthma Day, the Asthma Coalition of Kern County held an Asthma Education Event, which included food, giveaways, and education in English and Spanish. In addition, in previous years, coalition members have informed local policymakers about the risks of smoking, resulting in a ban on smoking Kern County public housing and created the County of Kern Asthma Resource Directory.

Asthma Coalition of Kern County Brochure (English & Español)

Meetings (We’d love for you to join us!)

When Every Fourth Monday: Bi-Monthly (Jan, Mar,…)
Time 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where American Lung Association
2025 Westwind Drive, Suite C
Bakersfield, CA 93301

About Your Asthma

Normal vs Inflamed AirwayAsthma is a chronic condition, which causes airway constriction (tightness) and inflammation (swelling). Asthma makes it difficult to breathe in and out, which leads to repeated episodes of wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing (particularly at night or early morning).

  • Inflammation is swelling of the lining of the airways and is the primary cause of an asthma attack.
  • Constriction occurs when the lining of the airway is irritated or inflamed, and the smooth muscle around the airway tightens/constricts.

Your physician may prescribe you two medications: a controller medication and a rescue inhaler.

  • The controller medication should be used as directed by your physician, typically once a day.
  • The rescue inhaler should only be used during extreme asthma flare-ups. If you are using your rescue inhaler daily, you may need to speak to your physician.

Triggers for asthma attacks can include pet dander, dust, air pollution, and strenuous exercise. Everyone’s asthma is slightly different and we encourage you to work with your physician to know your asthma. When properly managed, asthma does not have to control your life.

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