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Health Resource Center tour

Welcome to Griffin Hospital's Community Health Resource Center

The Community Health Resource Center (HRC) at Griffin Hospital is a traditional free lending library that provides an array of medical and health information. The HRC contains a collection of easy-to-read health and lifestyle related materials for patients and their families to become better informed and make more educated decisions about the various treatment options available to them.

Resource Center Hours
  • Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Other times by appointment
Online Resource Searches

Search the Library Catalog from Your Computer

Our online catalog is the modern day version of the "card catalog" and is a quick and easy way to search our online resource database to see what books, journals and magazines are available at the HRC. Books may be borrowed for 4 weeks; journals and magazines must be viewed on site. Click the button to search the online catalog.

Search Our Online Health Library

We have a resource here for you to answer almost all of your questions - whether you're wondering about a disease, a treatment, a subject, and more. DISCLAIMER: This Health Library is for educational purposes only and does not necessarily reflect the services provided by this practice/facility. Click the button to start searching. You can also click here to view the Polish database.

Ask a Consumer Health Librarian

Conditions & Treatments Digest
Health information for patients and consumers - covering different conditions, treatments, and specialties.

What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the lining of the lungs, limiting airflow and causing mild to severe wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Some of these symptoms, when exacerbated, can lead to what is commonly referred to as an asthma attack.

Many factors may trigger an attack, and in some cases might be severe, however asthma is treatable with routine preventive visits. Indoor and outdoor triggers can make symptoms worse and cause attacks in some people who have asthma. Examples of triggers are pollen, mold, smoke, and viruses.

Asthma symptoms may not be the same in adults and children. Common symptoms include:

  • Cough
  • A tight chest
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Problems breathing
  • Feeling tired
  • Problems feeding in infants
  • Problems sleeping
  • Having a hard time exercising or doing sports

Individuals diagnosed with asthma can experience warning signs that an attack is going to happen. These differ in adults and children. The warning signs for adults include increased shortness of breath and wheezing, chest tightness or pain, and sweating. For children, the warning signs may be a whistling or wheezing sound when breathing out, frequent coughing, waking up coughing at night, shortness of breath while still or exercising, feelings of tightness in the chest, and trouble feeding.

There is no cure for asthma. Standard treatments for an acute attack include quick relief medicine, such as inhalers, that relax the muscles of the airway and reduce swelling. Long-term medicine and avoiding triggers can also help to reduce the number of attacks. Some natural therapies may help to better manage symptoms. They should only be used along with standard care.

Some of the information in this article can be attributed to EBSCO Information Services.

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