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Asthma Education Program


Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects about 1 in 15 Americans (more than 25 million people in the U.S.), according to the Centers for Disease Control. The number of asthma cases has been on the rise since the early 1980s.

Asthma is characterized by episodes or "attacks" in which the airways from the mouth and nose to the lungs temporarily become narrow due to a tightening of muscles that surround the bronchial wall and the production of excess mucus. There are many things that trigger asthma attacks, including allergens such as pollen or mold, irritants such as cigarette smoke, exercise and the weather.

There is no cure for asthma. It’s a disease that’s always present, even if there are no symptoms.

Learning to Live Well with Asthma

Ellis Medicine offers comprehensive asthma education programs that help children and adults live well with their disease.

Our Comprehensive Asthma Education Program incorporates the expertise of registered respiratory therapists who are nationally certified in asthma education, with best practices adapted from the National Institutes for Health’s Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Our therapists work directly with you to provide the education you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve your quality of life.

If you or someone you love has asthma, talk with your doctor about a referral to Ellis Medicine’s Asthma Care Program. If you would like more information, please contact us:


Asthma Care & Education
McClellan Street Health Center
600 McClellan Street
Schenectady, NY 12304

Phone: 518.347.LUNG (5864)
Fax: 518.347-5518